Dr. Steve Douglass met with our Student LINC team last week. We set up this meeting some time ago for him to share with us his thinking behind the Essentials of Spiritual Growth and Multiplication Bible study. He walked through the basic format of each lesson and foundational premises about how people learn.
Both the small group leader’s guide, and the training guide, were revised this past August. The study gets to the heart of the basics of the Christian life and places great emphasis on applying the principles to our lives and telling others. The simple format for each lesson, CHAT, shows the intentionality of application and telling, and is the key to reaching post-moderns.
- Connect. Asking how things are going in each other’s lives.
- Hear God’s Word. A look at a passage on the topic with highly interactive questions.
- Apply. The part that we often neglect to get to in our studies.
- Tell. Who will they make a point to tell what they are learning and what God is doing in their lives.
Steve told us that we need to innovate if we are going to achieve scope. This study is a great help in involving more students in spiritual multiplication, giving them experience building into others and seeing God use them as never before. I know that time is fleeting in this semester. Why not plan to start next semester with these studies? You could use the remaining weeks of this semester to identify and train new leaders.