With so much attention on diversity and inclusion right now, this seems like a good time to highlight video studies from diverse Bible study leaders who are excellent at bringing the Bible to life for those who want to grow in their faith. And isn’t diversity in our studies a good idea overall? If we only ever listen to one spiritual teacher, especially one who is aligned perfectly with our own opinions and experiences, how can we hope to truly grow in our faith? Mix it up! Choose teachers of the gender opposite yours, teachers whose skin color differs from your own, teachers raised in other cultures, and so on.
Starting with my personal favorite, Jackie Perry Hill, her study on the book of Jude is probably the best I have ever done. Her sermons are engaging and thought provoking and she brought the overlooked book of Jude to life for me. A highlight of her study is the way she teaches her audience to go deep in any book of the bible. She mined the book of Jude for all it was worth and has me waiting anxiously for her next study. Her book of Jude study is available here:
You can not go wrong with Tony Evans if you want to remember what you learn in your studies months after you are finished with them. He is a master of the analogy and word pictures that grab your mind and take hold, when he drives home a point. My favorite from his John 1,2,3 study is the idea of our mind as a receiver and how it will not receive if it is not tuned in! Simple, but effective! You can find many Tony Evans studies at Amazon.com including Kingdom Marriage.
“Galatians, Accepted and Free” by Jada Edwards, is a study not to be missed. Picture yourself in the living room of a funny, smart, transparent friend who is teaching you about God’s deep love for and acceptance of you, and how to receive His good intentions for you. That is exactly what it is like to participate in Jada’s study, available here:
All three of these teachers are passionate that all should know the love of Jesus. It is apparent how connected they stay to God, and how much work they put in to their studies to help unlock the Bible for all seekers. These studies are very accessible and ask questions to help you go deep in your faith while encouraging growth in your journey.
If you are looking for diverse teachers in the Top 100 studies on Small Group Advisor, look no further than Bianca Juarez Olthoff and her “Playing with Fire” study, or either of the Frances Chan studies, “Forgotten God” and “Crazy Love”.
Hi. I’m Allison Olson and have been blessed enough to be friends with Janice and Bill since 2016. I’ve been in a small group ever since Bill ran an Alpha course at our local church which turned into a small group that lasted a little while. My husband and I joined with Bill and Janice when they began their couples’ small group.
Janice, knowing how much I love to write, invited me to be a blog contributor on this site. I formerly wrote blog posts for the Never So Broken Ministry for women. I’m a transplanted Southerner (Tennessee and Florida), who has happily lived in Minnesota for 21 years with my husband and two grown children.
Small groups have been my second family and I hope we can help you with yours!