One of the questions I get asked often is about Bible Study recommendations, particularly related to Women’s Ministry programs. I personally ascribe to a pathway that puts women on a good start to picking out good materials and eventually leading small groups themselves. Here is my recommended pathway, click on any of the photos to purchase. I do not make any money off of these purchases, or have affiliation with these companies.
One to One Discipling by Multiplication Ministries
Thanks to my friend Jenny Andrews, this material landed in my lap. I’m a huge fan. I love this as a starting place because I believe it makes sure that those who go through the material end with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of Christianity. Jenny’s church uses this as the first step after Baptism. It could also be a great step for starting off a Discipleship Pathway in your Women’s Ministry.
Seamless by Angie Smith
After making sure the women in your group, or ministry, have the fundamentals in place… I like to move to an overview of the Scriptures. Angie Smith’s Seamless moves from the Old Testament to the New Testament. You will have a good overview of the entirety of the Bible, how God’s narrative is woven through the Old to the New Testament.
A great second stop on the pathway of Discipleship for yourself, your small group, or the women in the church.
Praying the Bible by Don Whitney
After the women have the fundamentals, and the basics of the Scriptures, then ensuring our owmen understand the why and how of prayer is next on the pathway. Praying the Bible, written by Don Whitney, is a short and direct book on using the Scriptures to prompt our prayers. How long you want to spend on this book is up to you, but it is one you could walk through very quickly (great Summer book) or spend time wading through and putting into practice.
Women of the Word, by Jen Wilkin
Now that your women have these fundamentals into place (basics of Christianity, over view of the Bible as a whole, and prayer life), my next path is about being a good Berean. I love Jen Wilkin’s book because she walks you through the WHY and VALUE of being able to study the Scriptures for yourself. Then, she walks you through the practical application of her study method. Finally, you get a chance to put it into practice with the book of James.
The final chapter is about how to lead a study group. Which is also why I save this book for the last spot in the pathway. Not because it is less important, but rather because you have now been not only prepared for your own good habits of prayer and study but also to teach others. By the end of these four books, you are ready to step up as a Small Group leader. You will be able to vet materials based off of what you have learned, as well as lead confidently.
The Great Commission
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
We have been called, as disciples, to go out and make disciples. Once baptized, we are commissioned to teach them to obey the Lord’s Word. Once they have become disciples, they share this commission. The Discipleship Pathway is meant to be taught by disciples, to make disciples, who will go out and make more disciples. It is a multiplication process that not only brings people to the loving arms of God at baptism, but prepares them to be leaders within their church.