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.
Number of weeks: 2
Required books: Yes
Certification or Series: Yes (Lay Servant Ministries)
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About the Instructor
Pamela Deck is a UMC Certified Christian Educator who loves to equip disciples to connect faith to real life. She has a passion for spiritual formation through small groups. Her education includes graduate work at Candler School of Theology and Emory University. With 35 years of experience in ministry, she was 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 national workshop presenter. Currently she is a consultant and BeADisciple instructor in her ninth year. Pamela is an adult small group leader, lay delegate to Annual Conference, and former praise dance and youth group leader. She is a board member of Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) Faith Formation Community.