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Planning—Choosing Your Subject


After you commit to leading the Bible study, the planning begins. You’ll settle on a subject for your study, and then you’ll explore the countless resources available to you, make specific lesson plans, and work out the logistics of your meetings.

One important note: Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed by the task of planning. Take one small step at a time and stop to ask for help along the way. Your church is probably full of people who would be glad to share their experiences with you. Although you will certainly make mistakes, you can avoid many of them by learning from the mistakes other people have already made!

Choosing Your Subject

Before you can do any other planning, you must select a subject for your study. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to consult with your women’s leader or pastor in choosing a subject. They might point you to a curriculum or Bible study book or even give you freedom to choose your own material.

When prayerfully considering what subject to study, it’s important to keep the needs of your potential group members in mind.

  • Have you heard people discussing certain hot topics in your church, like miracles or holiness?
  • Have a certain group of people—like single moms, senior adults, or college students—been on your heart lately?
  • Is there a specific need in your church that should be biblically addressed, like people who have recently lost their jobs?
  • Has a certain passage of Scripture been on your mind lately? Do you feel the Holy Spirit urging you to dive deep into the Word and share your insights with others?

The best Bible studies are born out of real needs in people’s lives, so before you select a subject, ask God to let you see the needs of people around you through His eyes.


Reflection Questions

List several potential Bible study subjects based on needs you see among women you know.


All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society®.


“Leading a Bible Study, part one” is published by National Women’s Ministries, www.women.ag.org, © 2020. Permission to reproduce is limited to personal use or within a teaching setting. All other forms of use are prohibited.