Can I do a book study with my CG?
Typically when multiple people in your group have recently voiced a specific question or interest. For instance, if folks in your group say they have no idea how to go about praying, reading A Praying Life by Paul Miller is a great place to start. Alternatively, you as the leader might identify a specific area in which to challenge your group to grow; perhaps your group isn’t really invested in practicing community with one another, so you could read Life Together by Bonhoeffer. Studying through a helpful book together is a great catalyst for growth, both for your group members individually and for the depth of your group’s community.
Whenever you like! This is an excellent way to cultivate the life of your group, so meeting Saturday mornings for coffee or over lunch after service on Sunday are awesome to that end. It’s also easier to figure out meeting times when only some people out of the group are participating (see Q&A number 4).
- Once you’re finished with the book study, the next thing you do as a group for a season should be the discussion guides.
- You shouldn’t spend more than 1/4 of any one year in book studies. That should inform the books you pick to study; don’t pick some tome that will take you 30 weeks to read.
4. Does everyone have to do it?
Nope! This is a great way to equip someone else in your group to lead, particularly if it’s someone you could see leading a CG one day. I would talk over what that person is thinking for the book study, just to make sure it’s relatively in line with the expectations in this post, set them loose to lead, then check in to see how it’s going.
6. How do I decide on which book to read?
Great! If you’re planning to do this study outside of your normal weekly gathering, awesome! Check out Q&A number 6 about book choice, then get it going. If you’re interested in doing this in place of the discussion guides, read Q&A number 3.