Monday, February 9, 2009

Disciple Bible Study

General Overview of the method:
Disciple Bible study is a pre-planned bible study class that was created by Methodists for Methodists to develop a better in depth understanding of the Bible. It is a curriculum that you buy and use for adults. There is a youth version but for the most part it is an adult study. It is a very good Bible study but it requires homework outside of the study and takes a very large amount of time for a class. Anyone should be prepared to devote lots of time to this and if they do it will be very rewarding. Disciple tries to allow students to decide what discipleship is and what it means for them. It is a great way to bring a group of students closer and to prepare them in leading the congregation.

Age Level:
Disciple was made for adults but there is a youth version. It is a lot of work so it wouldn’t work for younger students.

Specific Materials/Supplies/Handouts Required:
o The Disciple curriculum
o Lots of preparation from the students and teacher
o Notes and notebooks
o Pen/pencils
o Time

Step by step instructions for the model:
Make sure students are preparing outside of class for class. Go over the study guides and the layout for the next lesson so you are prepared to teach. Have all of the necessary class helps ready for class. Sometimes there are videos and audio, be ready with those.

Evaluation of the model (strengths/weaknesses):
It is a really good Bible study. It goes over the entire Bible, but because it is a nine month class it goes by quickly and can leave students feeling like they just had a crash course study. It requires lots of out of class work. It is a great source of curriculum and can develop many great church members.

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