NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–In the largest online chat hosted to date by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, more than 130 people signed on July 18 to discuss leading effective Bible studies for women with nationally known author and speaker Beth Moore.
The one-hour event was the first online appearance in a LifeWay discussion for Moore, founder of Living Proof Ministries Inc. and author of Bible studies such as “Jesus the One and Only.” It was hosted by LifeWay’s E-business group.
Topics of discussion included confidentiality issues in small groups, meeting needs of women at all levels of spiritual maturity and employing Bible studies as a means of outreach for the church, said Richard Ryan, online community editor in the E-business group.
“Beth’s warm, conversational style created an atmosphere where participants felt free to ask questions and participate in the discussion,” Ryan said. “LifeWay’s online discussion area is one of the best means available for church leaders and members to receive inspiration and ‘right-now’ practical help for their ministries.”
LifeWay’s online chats are planned to allow real-time discussions among ministry professionals and lay leaders interested in learning more about a particular topic, Ryan said. Also, church members and leaders may exchange ideas and questions in the LifeWay Community at http://community.lifeway.com.
Other upcoming discussions and topics include:
— The Church’s Response to Postmodernism, Thursday, Aug. 2, featuring Art Criscoe, director of the youth/children/preschool department of LifeWay’s discipleship and family division.
— Fit4: A Way of Life, Thursday, Aug. 9, with LifeWay health ministries specialist Branda Polk.
— Starting a Women’s Mentoring Ministry in Your Church, Wednesday, Sept. 12, with Janet Thompson, author and ministry leader, Saddleback Valley Community Church, Lake Forest, Calif.
— Protecting Preschoolers and Children at Church, Thursday, Sept. 20, with Susan Womack, minister of preschoolers at Tallowood Baptist Church, Houston.
For more information on upcoming online events, visit www.lifeway.com and click on the “Live, Online Discussions” link.
Lim is electronic media editor in LifeWay’s e-business group.