Here at Marion Methodist, we are building New Disciples through prayer, presence, gifts, witness, and service. Bible Study and Growth Groups are all about disciple-making, which is about following Jesus and taking others with you. Marion Methodist desires to provide you with practical, biblical help and encouragement. Discipling others means mentoring them in their faith. If you are a follower of Jesus, He has commanded to go and make disciples. You may be thinking, ‘I don’t feel worthy, smart enough, have enough Bible knowledge or (fill in the blank)’. Remember, the Holy Spirit lives within you and will guide you. The Bible, other Christians, and our discipleship team are here to support you as you begin your journey as a discipleship leader.
Bible Study and Growth Group Leaders
Leading others in Bible Study or a Growth Group is very rewarding and one of the best ways to help in your personal spiritual growth.
What is the difference between a Bible Study and a Growth Group?
• A Bible study class has a set start and finish date that takes you through the entire study. Many study groups become close and connected and may decide to continue meeting by starting another study. Bible studies can range in size from 8 people on up to 30+ people. Our Bible study groups will focus on biblical teaching, being present with each other, engage in prayer together, and witness to each other.
• A Growth Group is a smaller, more intimate group of 8-10 people, that plans to meet ongoing without an end date. Growth Groups will focus on all five (5) Marks of a Disciple and together walk-through prayer, presence, gifts, witness, and service. Growth Groups often become extremely close and have a great sense of a safe and family like environment.
Where would I meet?
Bible Studies and Growth Groups can be held at the church, our Uptown Marion church office location, a local coffee shop, the library, or your home.
How often do we meet?
Most Bible Studies are held once a week. You can lead a study for a season, throughout the year (September – April), or Sunday mornings during the summer.
Growth Groups usually meet weekly or twice a month at minimum with an ongoing schedule (no end date). When would my group meet? Marion Methodist has many groups that meet throughout the week during the day or the evenings. We are ready to support you in leading your Bible study or Growth Group during the day of the week or time of day that works best for you.
How much time to allow? As a leader you can expect to spend 1-3 hours per week in preparation depending on your study. On the day your group meets it is recommended to allow yourself two hours for your class or Growth Group. This will give you time for set up, meeting/lesson, discussion, and taking down/resetting the room.
How to choose your study? Sometimes God has given you a specific message or study on your heart to share. Our sermon-based Growth Group study guide is a great option for focus and allows you to dig into the Sunday morning message deeper through group discussion. The Growth Group study guide can be used for a Bible study class or in a Growth Group.
Not ready to lead a group but love to host and entertain? Consider opening your home and hosting a Growth Group meeting. Your Growth Group leader will come to your home and handle the rest.
Are you considering leading a Bible study or Growth Group? Jen Digmann is here to help you with study selection, getting materials, and setting up your meeting space. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (319) 377-4856.