In this practical, interactive two-week course, participants will examine different approaches to Bible study and how they empower leaders to understand this vast library of books. The course teaches participants how to shape a study of Scripture for a small group, how to teach so the witnesses of the Bible are respected and honored, and how to help today’s readers find meaning and direction.
Through assignments, reading, and discussion boards, participants engage with the material, their instructor, and fellow participants at a deeper level than lecture alone–and the time of day they study is flexible. Expect to spend about 10 contact hours total time on the course reading, writing assignments, and responding to others on a Discussion Board.
Learners must obtain the book: Teaching Biblical Faith: Leading Small Group Bible Studies by Jack L. Seymour.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact hours for Lay Speakers (equivalent 1 CEU). This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Pamela Deck is a Christian educator who loves helping equip disciples connect faith to real life. Her educational background includes a B.S. from Clemson University and graduate work at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. With 35 years of experience in education ministry, she served as children and youth ministries coordinator at Spindale (North Carolina) United Methodist Church before moving to the United Methodist Publishing House as Cokesbury Action Team Conference leader and Marion District Representative; FaithHome for Parents consultant; and national workshop presenter. Currently she is a Consultant and Instructor.
Pamela is an adult small group co-leader, lay delegate to Annual Conference, and former Praise dance leader and youth group co-leader. She is a Board member of the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) Faith Formation Community.