Bookstudies & Using Books
Books for Discussion and Individual Study
Using books to read together, or assign to read alone can make a great program or serve as an addition
Some Recommended Books
Starting and Leading Discussions
If you have more than 5 people, I'd recommend splitting into small groups so everyone gets an opportunity to speak. After a few minutes (say 10), have people come back together and share what they heard in their group
Questions for Discussion
What struck you or stood out?
What did you agree with or disagree with?
What's one point that you'd like to make sure others remember from this?
Who do you think should see this (or would benefit from seeing this)?
What is this calling you to do (or to try, or to change)?
- - - and don't forget WHY?
In its simplest form, Frontloading refers to giving an example before the experience rather than afterwards. By giving the participants and example of the type of answer you are expecting, it makes the debriefing process much easier. Kids learn by example, so if they hear a good example they will most likely follow your lead. Frontloading gives participants a sense of the task purpose, expectations for behavior and motivation for coming up with their answer.
(from Michelle Cummings, M.S.)
Leading a Book study
Church Publishing's Study Guides
Discover Church Publishing Books that are ideal for small-group study and individual use. Each book contains questions that can be used by a group leader or for independent study and reflection. It also contains free help, including the "Parish Study Guide Brochure" and "How to Lead a Book Discussion".