Fall can feel as much like a time of renewal as spring. Families reorganize their days to fit around school schedules. Churches have Fall “kickoff” events to reenergize the congregation after summer. Fall is also a great time to start or restart your group bible study.
It is a time when group members might be ready to tackle weightier topics. If this describes your group, I would recommend the twelve-session study “The Book of John: Finding Identity and Purpose”. This study will equip your small group to answer the call of God for their life. Another study that might be considered challenging to do is the book of Revelation. The new Beautiful Word study on Revelation taught by Margaret Feinberg is only six sessions and promises to bring this neglected book of the Bible to life.
Fall is a great time to do the study “Satisfied: Discovering Contentment in a World of Consumption,” a six-session study that would be great to complete just as the consumer drive of the holidays begins to gear up. Pastor Jeff Manion teaches how to deal with issues of contentment, generosity, and living by comparison.
A “fresh start for Fall” study idea for couples is the five-session “From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage” taught by husband and wife Craig and Amy Groeschel. The study promises “if you make these commitments, you’ll discover a richer, deeper, more authentic relationship than you could have ever imagined.”
Regardless of the study you choose, we recommend a Fall kickoff event of your own with the group before beginning the study. Have a harvest dinner. Plan a Fall walk followed by apple cider. Help a local nonprofit with their Fall events and needs. Connect or re-connect with your group members for a great start to your Fall session.
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!