According to the late Stephen Olford, “Only one thing will ever take the place of great preaching – and that’s greater preaching!” The concept of what constitutes “greatness” is a reflection of priorities. In this regard, the earliest preachers saw the greatness of preaching as an outgrowth of their commitment to prayer (Acts 6:4). Eventually, in the process of preaching, the two apostolic ministries uniquely conjoin when we preach on prayer.
As churches regather and get back to a sense of normalcy, people are looking for connection. And they need the gospel. A culture of invitation can certainly bridge both gaps. Who will you invite to your Bible study group?
Leading a virtual group has unique challenges. The 2020 pandemic proved that groups can survive and, in many ways, thrive in an online environment. Reports from around the country demonstrated that a high percentage of groups reached new people through online meeting tools. To prepare and lead engaging virtual studies, do not forget some cardinal rules:
Ken Braddy, director of Sunday School for LifeWay Christian Resources, helps church leaders think through what on-site worship will look like in a post-COVID-19 world.