It’s here! The Fall 2023 Explore the Bible Leader Guide offers new features and a simpler design. How did we arrive at these changes? What’s behind the new features? We’re glad you asked.
When we set out to update the Leader Guide, our main goal was to make leader prep simpler. We know leaders are busy. So, how could we craft a Leader Guide that would make it more efficient and easier-to-use? Placing the teaching plan alongside the commentary was our first thought. While it was a departure from how we’ve always had it, this format won us over. Would it be easier to teach from? Could it help a teacher easily find info to respond to a question during a discussion. These questions led us to our current model.
What changes can you anticipate?
- The commentary highlights key words, names, places, and concepts, offering the leader a quick guide to the most important items to know in that passage. No longer will leaders have to scan pages to find what they need, the critical words and phrases are clearly designated.
- The teaching plan now reads alongside the commentary. No more flipping pages between the commentary and the teaching plan. Finding what you need is quicker, keeping you focused on the text.
- Bonus audio clips, video clips, charts, and maps are sprinkled throughout the Leader Guide. These offer additional context to the passage, enriching your study of God’s Word. A better understanding of the people and places is always a benefit.
Change is never easy! We hope that after a few weeks of using this new format, you’ll come to appreciate the updates. We’re praying that this Leader Guide makes your preparation easier and more efficient. Mostly, we’re asking God to use these resources and your Bible study group to help people grow closer to Him through a study of His Word.