How Women’s Ministry Teams Select Bible Studies

How Women's Ministry Teams Select Bible Studies

There are over 18,000 Bible studies for women listed on Amazon (affiliate link).

A quick search on Lifeway.com pulls up over 400 results.

With new Bible studies coming out almost daily (or so it seems) how are we ever supposed to choose a Bible study for our group?!

Today I’m sharing 5 basic ways women’s ministry teams select Bible studies.

  1. The facilitator of the group selects the studies.
  2. The Pastor of Education selects the Bible studies.
  3. The Women’s Ministry Team Bible Study Coordinator selects the Bible studies.
  4. A separate Bible Study Review Team selects the Bible studies.
  5. Your current Bible study attendees vote on which study to do next.

Perhaps you’re thinking of changing the method your team currently uses.

Maybe you’d like to try something different for the next session of Bible study offerings.

It’s possible what you’ve been doing hasn’t been working so well…

Taking a look at some of the pros and cons of each method may help you decide what to do.

1.Facilitator selection

Pros – The facilitator is likely to pick a study topic she is passionate about and that passion will shine through in her teaching and facilitating.

Cons – Facilitators sometimes get in a rut choosing the same authors repeatedly. The selection(s) may not be in alignment with the current focus for the women’s ministry or the church.

2. Pastor selection

Pros – The Women’s Ministry Team does not have to delegate the task. He/She is often aware of newer studies. The studies they choose will likely align with the current church focus or mission.

Cons – If the Pastor is a man, he may not choose something that appeals to a large number of women. The facilitator and women’s ministry team may feel they had no say in the selection.

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3. Women’s Ministry Team Bible Study Coordinator

Pros – This is her primary role so she should be familiar with a variety of studies and should have her pulse on the interests of the women in the church and community. As part of the Women’s Ministry Team her selections should support and encourage the current focus of the women’s ministry and the church.

Cons – It’s possible her preferences for a certain study style or author may be weighed more heavily in the decision making process – though not necessarily intentionally. A facilitator may wish to have input.

4. Bible Study Review Team

Pros – A wide variety of women come together to review and give input. A member of the Women’s Ministry Team and/or the Bible Study Coordinator should chair and guide the team keeping them on task and in alignment with current church and ministry goals. Reviews of the same study are completed by multiple people.

Cons – There is a time commitment and multiple meetings will be necessary. Majority tends to rule, which may not always be a good thing.

I was unfamiliar with how a Bible Study Review Team could work until we came to our current church. This past fall I joined the Review Team in part so I could share how it works with all of you! Here’s the link to the post: How to Set Up and Facilitate a Bible Study Review Team.

5. Attendees Vote

Pros – Those who attend are given a voice in the choice(s). If the Women’s Ministry Team or Bible Study Coordinator is struggling to narrow down the choices, this can be a fair way of deciding which study or studies to offer.

Cons – The voters may be unfamiliar with the content of each study.  The final selection may not be in alignment with church and ministry goals. Not all votes may be bathed in prayer.

Every Bible study choice should be bathed in prayer

A few more thoughts:

  • It is possible to combine some of these methods.
  • Every method should be bathed in prayer.
  • You may wish to select your studies first and then prayerfully ask specific women to facilitate each study.
  • On your Bible study evaluations or your registration forms, ask your attendees for their suggestions! Many of them have done studies at other churches, in their neighborhood, etc. and may recommend a great study! Often those who recommend a study are willing to serve as the facilitator. *That is what happened with one of our Fall selections in 2015. I did the study at another church before we moved, loved it, and our women at this church loved it too!

What tips and ideas do you have for selecting Bible studies for your church and community?

You may also want to read:
Tips & Tools for Bible Study and Small Group Facilitators
How to Set Up and Facilitate a Bible Study Review Team

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Comments

  1. Debbie, bless your heart! It is impossible to please everyone! I do wonder if you might be able to come up with a compromise. Two possibilities cross my mind:

    1. Alternate your studies on a trial basis. One from a book/author and then one strictly studying a book or section of God’s Word.
    2. Offer two studies. A group of 20 is big enough to split into 2 Bible study groups. I know that means training a second facilitator though. You might want to socialize/eat/worship together and then split for the rest of your time, so you still have the opportunity to meet as one.

    Before doing anything, I’d pray and get input from my Pastor. God may be asking you all to do something new…

    I hope that helps!

  2. Amanda, thanks for sharing your experience! I love that you were able to see places where they feel they need more spiritual growth by polling them! I’m glad you’ve figured out what works well for your church – I’m sure your input will help other leaders.

    Thanks, too, for your sweet words and encouragement! I appreciate it! 🙂

  3. Debbie Beres says:

    As a facilitator of a small group of 20 women, i asked all the ladies to choose books they would like to present for review, after carefully looking through the books 5 were chosen as the top 5. them a committee of 3 ladies from the group has several meetings to determine which books best suit our class and choose the top 3. my biggest problem is almost half the group loves the readers we chose and love the book topics. the other third of the class likes to teach only from the bible because they feel we are learning the author’s opinion of the topic and not God’s, even though the author will use scripture. I am a little frustrated with the constant coming and going depending on the material studied.any advice for me?

  4. I really enjoyed this post. Since our women’s ministry is smaller in size, I tend to fill many of the roles mentioned above. I try to be very careful about which studies I pick because I don’t want it to seem like I am just picking studies because I like them. I pray over the studies, seeking guidance. I polled our women last year and found that to be a very helpful tool in navigating which studies to pick. I was able to see where they feel they need more spiritual growth. I love your site! It is seriously so helpful to me as a leader!

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