Facilitate Instead of Lecturing

Guide for Bible Study Leaders

Planning a Successful Bible Study


Welcome to our online Guide for Bible Study Leaders!  This is Lesson #4 entitled “Facilitate Instead of Lecturing.”

As a Bible study leader, you have my utmost respect and appreciation.

Yours is an extremely important ministry to the Christian church, because it contributes to another person’s discipleship and to a deeper understanding of God’s word.

Helpful Advice for Leading Bible Studies

The following information provides an important foundation for the leading and facilitating of any Bible study.  In order to make this guide a little more manageable we have split the advice into five  separate lessons.  We consider them to be five invaluable rules for Bible Study Leaders:

  1. Lesson #1 – You should be well prepared
  2. Lesson #2 – You must do justice to the text of the Bible
  3. Lesson #3 – You must make the passage relevant
  4. Lesson #4 – Don’t forget that you are a facilitator and not a seminary professor
  5. Lesson #5 – Love covers a multitude of sins

Note: You can also access an Orientation to this study guide by clicking here.

Rule #4 For Bible Study Leaders

“Remember you are a facilitator not a seminary professor”

Please remember that your task in leading a Bible Study is to facilitate, to move the study along and to make sure everyone is involved.

If people wanted to hear a 40-minute Bible lecture, they would have chosen to go to seminary instead of your Bible study. (Unfortunately, that doesn’t speak well of my profession, but we’re trying to improve that on a daily basis. ☺)

Your task is also to lead people in the proper understanding of the text but without giving people the answers. You want your group to discover things for themselves. People do not want to be spoon-fed. They want to participate and they want to be heard (and yes, sometimes they just want to hear how eloquent their ideas sound, but that’s game too!)

This is called wrestling with the biblical passage. What does it really say? What doesn’t it say? Can it mean this, or this? It’s what honest (and sometimes controversial) discussions and questions are all about.

Besides, no one has all of the answers. Don’t facilitate a study as if you do (even if you know a lot more than most participants).

Finally, be sure to encourage different applications of the text as long as they fit the principles the passage is talking about.