If you’re like me, your planning for next year’s ministry schedule is in full swing. Let me encourage you to consider using an excellent resource that I’m really excited about. This is not a paid endorsement; I just really believe that this tool can benefit a lot of churches in the coming year.
The Read the Bible for Life initiative is a whole-church initiative focused on growth in biblical literacy. The pattern in most churches will be to:
- Offer the nine-session group study (READ THE BIBLE FOR LIFE: LISTEN. UNDERSTAND. RESPOND) as a foundational experience for the whole church.
- Then the church will read through the Bible chronologically in a year, as the pastor preaches through the highlights of the Bible’s grand story year.
- READING GOD’S STORY: A CHRONOLOGICAL DAILY BIBLE and/or A READER’S GUIDE TO THE BIBLE can be used day-by-day as members of the church read through the Bible together.
Many of our people have never understood the full story of Scripture, and have never been able to put all the pieces together. Many of them have never read the entire Bible. The benefits of a church doing this together are huge.
In case you missed it, I interviewed the creator of this initiative a while ago. You can check it out here.
I’m planning on using this next year, and I highly recommend it to you as well.