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It's not enough to translate the Bible; it's not enough to distribute the Bible. Our desire is to see real Scripture Engagement: people encountering God's Word in life-changing ways. On this site you'll find news, events and resources for those encouraging Scripture use and Bible engagement around the world.
Get the Big Picture
Supported by the British and Foreign Bible Society.
From the Bible Course website:
The Bible Course was developed to make the Bible as accessible as possible. It provides answers to many common questions, and equips people with the tools and skills they need to read the Bible for themselves. Broken into eight sessions of DVD teaching and small group discussion, it’s an interactive journey through the whole Bible story.
Aims of the course
- Get the big picture so the pieces of the jigsaw fall into place.
- Get teaching about skills and tools to interpret the Bible.
- Get together to help each other read and apply the Bible to life.
The course contains
- An interactive journey through the whole Bible story.
- 8 sessions of DVD teaching and small group discussion.
- Course manual – 150 pages packed with notes, quotes and visuals to accompany the DVD teaching.
Who is the course for?
- The course works for seekers, new Christians and mature Christians.
- It can be run in large settings, small groups or 1-2-1 coaching.
An interactive workshop for training listening group leaders and promoters
Author: Richard Margetts
The training workshop described in this guide was developed in West Africa and includes input received from around the world. It is for listening group leaders (those who lead/facilitate the groups) and for group promoters (those who visit groups to encourage them and mentor the facilitators).
A listening group is an opportunity for people to get together to listen to a passage from the Bible and talk about it together. In this guide, you’ll find elements which focus on the ‘why’ of listening groups as well as the practical details of ‘how’ to lead a group.
Group leaders need to know why they are doing what they are doing. What is the aim of a listening group? What kinds of group can we have? How will we know if a group is working well or not? Why are they gathering together to listen? The aim should be transformational Scripture engagement: that people encounter God’s Word in life-changing ways.
The workshop guide includes sections on how to lead the listening time, how to manipulate the audio player and how to ask good discussion questions. It can be taught in an interactive way and participants should have plenty of opportunity during the workshop to practice participating in and leading listening groups.
An ideal time for such a workshop could be when new audio Scriptures in the local language have been recorded for a community and when audio players are available. It would work well at the launch of a listening group programme in a region, after some initial promotion work has been done to get churches involved and committed to running groups.
Monday 12 September - Friday 2 December, 2016
Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK
Sponsor: SIL and Wycliffe Bible Translators
This practical course offers specialist training in how to make God’s Word available and accessible to people of all nations and languages and to facilitate transformative engagement with Scripture.
- Explore how language, culture and worldview impact engagement with Scripture.
- Learn to use practical tools for engaging individuals and communities with Scripture, such as Bible studies and Chronological Bible Storying.
- Discover how Scripture can be made accessible through audio, visual, digital and print mediums.
- Develop skills in strategic planning and community engagement.
Scripture Engagement is open to anyone but also forms part of the initial training for those working with SIL International on a Scripture Engagement or Ethno Arts assignment.
Redcliffe College, Gloucester, UK
The MA in Contemporary Missiology with Redcliffe College is designed to give a firm understanding of mission approaches and issues.
All students take two compulsory modules which:
- explore approaches to the concept of missio Dei (God’s mission in the world) and holistic mission, and give a thorough orientation on skills for postgraduate missiological research and study.
- focus on a number of crucial issues that demand attention as we participate in God’s mission in the contemporary world.
In addition, it is possible to take the Scripture Engagement stream which includes the following two modules:
Scripture Engagement: Approaches and Issues
The Bible is sometimes described as a ‘tool’ of mission. This module will enable you to explore and evaluate a number of approaches for and issues in Scripture Engagement in different cultural contexts, both in the 'West' and in the majority world.
Scripture Engagement: Professional Project
The module will provide you with the opportunity to undertake an approved project of independent study relating to a specific area of Scripture Engagement professional practice. [more...]