What do your women want to study

What do you women really want to tackle during Bible study?

Your more outspoken members may share a few of their thoughts out loud with you, but it can be hard to figure out if you’re meeting the needs of your women.

The easiest way I know to figure out what your women want to study is to have them complete a Bible Study Interest Survey.

A Bible Study Interest Survey will allow you to discover what types, topics, and styles your women are interested in.

What kind of questions should you put on your Bible Study Interest Survey?

At the end of the post you’ll find a free printable Bible Study Interest Survey that you are welcome to use or tweak as needed.

A good Bible Study Interest Survey will ask about the type of study women prefer:

  1. Biblical text – book, verse, or chapter of the Bible.
  2. Topical – topic that applies to their lives such as marriage, finances, materialism, etc.
  3. Biographical – examining the life of a specific person in the Bible such as Noah, Gideon, Esther, etc.
  4. Apologetics – defense of the Christian faith such as creation of the universe, Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, and the authenticity of God’s Word.

List each type and define them for your women. You may want to include examples of studies your group has done that fit in each category.

Be sure to ask them about what topics they’d like to study. You could give them a list to check off or just a blank space to add whatever topics come to mind.

You’ll also want to ask what study method (or style) they prefer.  

  1. Video-based Book Study– shorter or longer sessions (20 minutes vs. 60 minutes)
  2. Workbook-based Book Study
  3. Teacher-driven Bible Study using God’s Word

We’ve come to call any study a “Bible study” even though in most churches we’re supplementing our study of scripture with a book study in which an author unpacks Biblical truths for us.

I’ll be the first to admit there are some really great book studies out there, several of which have challenged, changed, and grown me.

I’m hearing a lot of grumbling about the lack of digging into God’s Word and relying heavily on the author of a book instead of the Holy Spirit to help us discover the meaning of a book of the Bible, verse, or chapter.

Many of our women don’t feel equipped and/or called to teach God’s Word.

If you have women who know how to dig into the Word, discover the context, and understand the culture, please give those women the opportunity to teach! If they are lacking the knowledge but have the desire to teach offer or find them some great training.

To help you and your Bible study teachers I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Bible study tools next week!

Free Printable Bible Study Interest Survey

Click below to open the free Bible Study Interest Survey printable.

Bible Study Interest Survey

It’s yours to use as-is or tweak it to suit your needs. 🙂

What other questions do you think should appear on a Bible Study Interest Survey?

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

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Two years ago: Free Printable Valentine Verses

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