To watch > discover> relate (with food) as set out in the guide is recommended as being the most impactful. (See page 5 in the guide for more info on Time Options.)
If your time is more limited,
you may need to skip some questions or even one of the Scriptural passages. The challenge comes in pacing the group.
If you have a limited amount of time,
your group could watch the episode and study the passage(s) before coming and then discuss together.
The Chosen Study Team
is a small group with a big purpose.
It is made up of those who have seen something “different” in Jesus and want others to experience that difference as well. The team prays, plans, oversees the meal and invites others to come.
There are two series to choose from:
THE CHOSEN SERIES
THE BIBLE SERIES
Jesus called his followers students. That's who we are and what we do. Series are ten weeks and combine film with the study of Scripture passages.
Invite the religious, skeptics, the non-religious, seekers—you name it. This is to be a fun, interactive place that welcomes everyone and respects all viewpoints. We're not here to judge but to stir up discussion and hear out perspectives that are different than ours!
Our study has the larger purpose of connecting us to God AND to each other. It's hard to think of something that brings people together more than sharing food and the interaction that goes with it. So, we encourage starting with a meal, potluck or finger food.
The leader isn't an expert or doesn't need to be a trained teacher. The leader's role is to invite, to welcome people with hospitality and to facilitate the group process with questions. The goal is to lead a productive conversation centering on the main points. See here.
We suggest, early on, you check schedules to plan for the last gathering for a REVIEW--to have some fun, evaluate your experience and celebrate your time.
look to invite more people to the NEXT CHOSEN STUDY you lead!
Where to start?
For ongoing input, connect with other likeminded leaders by joining our zoom community. You can begin with just one friend, one-on-one, or look to gather together a new or existing small group.
The Chosen Study Team
Draw together others who share your vision to form a team and share the work load. You want to provide a welcoming, hospitable environment for group members to develop friendships and have a quality experience with the study content. We suggest you begin with food: say a potluck, or even just finger food. This will take work and organization but eating together provides an enjoyable, low-key way to relax and begin your time together.
As interest grows
When a group begins larger or grows (to say, a dozen or so), the larger size presents unique challenges and opportunities. Small groups provide a depth of intimacy that gives members more of a chance to participate. Larger groups can bring together those small groups and offer a breath of give-and-take sharing that highlights the best insights.
Getting the best of both dynamics (meeting in small groups within a larger group context) allows the facilitator to act in the role of a “dialogical (not mono-logical) teacher,” bringing together main points from the small groups and pressing their implications home in the larger group gathering.
As a group leader, your goal is to foster a guided conversation. This is true for small group leaders and for large group leaders, just on a larger scale. High quality large group dialogical teaching brings a soft touch to the larger group interaction, allowing a breath of insight from the best that those among the small groups have to offer. Such a combination can be a thing of beauty!
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