A class can be started in any community and in a variety of venues. There are classes in churches, community buildings, homes, social clubs and pubs. Classes consist of small groups starting with three people and larger classes of 60-plus.
The six steps to starting a class:
1. Form a team
CBS is a Team Ministry. Whether you are in a Church situation, or two or three Christians wanting to impact your Community, a team of two, preferably three or more is essential.
2. Choose a Study
You may like to start with our Short Study Booklets.
Alternatively our team building study will help you discern your vision and define your individual roles, using the powerful tool of prayer whilst studying the wonderful book of Nehemiah. This eight-lesson course is offered free of charge. View a sample (PDF format). On completion of this study and having defined your roles, full training and support is given before you start a class.
3. Start your study
Identify a leader (not necessarily the person who will eventually lead the class, but someone who will facilitate the start-up procedure). With both the Nehemiah Study and the booklets, we recommend a time of prayer to start with and then a discussion leader should facilitate, making sure all questions are covered and that no one person dominates, but all are included. Timing is important. The discussion can take between 40 minutes and an hour. Another member of the group will be asked to provide a wrap up talk. This should be a prepared ‘thought’, which will relate to the study and have a practical application.
Decide on roles for the leadership team (see 5). Decide on a venue and time to meet; people should feel comfortable, confident and cared for. Decide on a study from the CBS study list and publicise using our ready-prepared material.
We offer training for the various roles involved. When possible a CBS class is supported by a Class Leader, a Coordinator (Administrator) and an Assistant Class Leader. For larger classes there are also Prayer Coordinators and other assistants. Training is given in these specific roles; the background and structure to CBS is covered as well as group dynamics, administration and how to prepare a talk. You will need Discussion Group Leaders as the class grows, whom you will train yourself.
6. The first day of your class
This is usually an introductory session rather than a formal study time. Use an ice-breaker to get to know people. Ask participants about themselves. Register contact details. Introduce the study and explain how the system works. Give a background introductory talk about the subject being studied.
If you are interested in starting a class, or would like further information about Community Bible Study please contact:
Veronica Alvarez, Regional Director – Europe email: firstname.lastname@example.org