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Bible study helps & online contacts meet in myBibleStudy.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–LifeWay Christian Resources is taking its Sunday School and small group Bible curriculum where it’s never been before: online.

LifeWay’s new Internet-based adult Bible study resource — “myBibleStudy.com” — offers small group leaders access to a library of hundreds of Bible study lessons, including LifeWay’s current published lessons.

Also available via myBibleStudy.com:

— daily devotional content for e-mail distribution or via a small group’s webpage to group members.

— tools by which leaders can manage their group’s contact information, including names, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and birthdays. Leaders also can send e-mails to individuals or the entire class with the click of a mouse button.

“While the needs of many churches continue to be met through the traditional printed Bible study curriculum that LifeWay offers, there are individual, and often Web-savvy, Bible study leaders who are looking for more than a printed quarterly -– and myBibleStudy.com is their answer,” said Craig Kendall, myBibleStudy.com’s manager.

“These are the type of folks who check at least one e-mail account every day, get their news minute by minute or daily on the computer, and find the Internet is as much a part of their lives as newspapers or the television,” Kendall said.

Though LifeWay is not the first to offer online curriculum for small groups and Sunday School classes, Kendall believes myBibleStudy.com is the first to offer such a unique fusion of easy-to-customize lessons and organizational management tools.

Kendall said the site received good feedback from initial users. Their suggestions also provided ideas for enhancing the service, such as an online class calendar that automatically stays up to date with group and church calendars; a prayer request tool that can be used to add and update prayer needs; a connect manager that allows groups to maintain a list of group prospects and track their contacts/follow-up efforts; and a life event manager for leaders to help track and remember the important events in the lives of their group members and guests.

“We want to help teachers prepare and deliver more culturally relevant and timely Sunday School lessons and individuals become more active in Bible study daily lesson-related devotions on the Internet during the week,” said Ted Warren, executive vice president and chief operating officer of LifeWay, an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. “Whether at home or on the road, we believe this will help people apply what the Bible teaches to their daily life and bring about spiritual transformation.”

The cost of the service is $17 per month, with discounts available for quarterly or annual subscriptions. For more information, visit myBibleStudy.com or call toll-free at 1-866-627-8553.

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