“When will we have new Discover Your Bible materials?”
That’s the question Coffee Break Directors and Leaders are asking. We have heard you! New, and newly revised, Discover Your Bible studies are on the way. In addition, the materials will be made available in multiple formats.
Here's what happened...Last year, we did a research project to uncover the top needs of Coffee Break and Bible discovery groups in the US and Canada. Loads of phone calls and emails took place. Here’s what we learned: groups need new Bible discovery materials. Next, we developed and ran a Pilot Project with 24 Coffee Break groups to test studies in a downloadable and printable format. The study guides and leader's guides were emailed to leaders. The leaders printed off the studies on church or home printers. Many of the groups put the studies in nice binders. One group had a fun, social gathering to decorate tote bags to hold their Coffee Break binders. Then, we collected feedback from the groups.
We learned several things from the Pilot Project. Most groups really liked the convenience of the printable format. It was easy to make more copies when new people came or someone forgot their book (they did not have to reorder or return books). It took a bit of time to get used to the extra work of printing but most leaders got the hang of it pretty quickly. The new format was only available in an 8.5 by 11 inch size with a regular size font and large print. Several groups said they still preferred the small study guide format because the large books took up too much room on the table or in diaper bags!
In response to what we have learned, new studies and leadership resources will be available for fall 2015! The plan is to make new studies available in a printable format and the traditional in print DYB study guide. The downloadable format will be available in a large size, large print and the foldable study guide size.
What new studies? Two new Discover Your Bible studies and a few newly revised studies will be available for the fall of 2015. The new studies will be Discover Isaiah and Discover Nehemiah. Discover Isaiah was written by Diane and Brent Averill and Betty Veldman Wieland. It covers the first 12 chapters of Isaiah in 10 lessons. Discover Nehemiah was originally written by Wonhan Yun, a Korean pastor and professor. It is being revised for the English audience by Diane Averill and Betty Veldman Wieland. Discover Nehemiah will be 9 lessons. In addition to the new studies, six studies were revised by Coffee Break leaders for the Pilot Project and are currently available in the printable format. Those studies are Discover Genesis (Part one 12 lessons, part two 12 lessons), Discover Luke (part one 16 lessons, part two 22 lessons), Discover Ephesians (8 lessons), Discover Christmas (4 lessons), Discover Easter (6 lessons) and Discover Fruit of the Spirit (9 lessons).
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