One of the most common questions that we get from group leaders is, “What should we study next?”. We are always happy to give them a few suggestions, but the number of studies that are available are overwhelming. In some ways that’s great, in others, not so much. Scientific studies have shown that when our brains are presented with too many options, they shut down. That’s why the burger chain, In-N-Out Burger, had been so successful. Their food is decent, but the menu is the attraction. They do burgers and fries. That’s it.
So we decided to go off on that idea and create a Curriculum Menu for our groups to follow for a year. We feel like if they pick one study from each category for a year, their group will have a full, discipleship diet. Each category has just a few choices that have been tested by our groups and proven to be solid studies.
The categories are:
A ‘La Carte
Appetizers and salads are not necessarily lighter in content than the entrees, but they are easy to manage studies to start out with a group. Most of them are DVD driven so that the leader does not have to worry about teaching each week.
Entrees cover the core fundamentals of who we are as a church – evangelism, discipleship and community.
Desserts are fun options for groups to consider through the course of a semester. Have a game night. Go out for bowling. Take your group camping over the weekend.
A ‘La Carte are studies for specific demographic groups. Men, Women, Marriage, Prep For Marriage, etc.
We feel like this is a fun tool that will help our groups along a solid path of discipleship studies. We are always looking for new ways for leaders to be able to engage their groups in meaningful conversations that lead to life change.