Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
I am a leaader in a small international church in the Netherlands, we have a very diverse group of people attending in a very diverse community that attracks many international students and expat business people.
We are looking for the best Investigative Bible Study or seeker study video series for use at our church. We had used the Alpha Course due to its sheer name recognition here in Western Europe. We moved away from it this year to a similary series called " Christianity Explored". They both have their pros and cons. But the one thing the both share that we are finding a bit problematic is that they are done in very British English and at times the accents are difficult for some of our English as a Second Language participants.
Are there other series like these in American English or Basic English that might work better to ESL participants? Have others found great material to answer basic questions of seekers?
Thanks in advance.
@ Jasmin - Yes, very familiar with the Jesus film and know of power around the world. We are looking for a kind of weekly study that you could invite non-church people to help them answer the question " what is this Christian thing? Who is Jesus? How does it differ from Buhhdism or Animism etc.?
@ Sean = The stranger looks promising, I will take a deeper look. Thanks .
You might want to look into some of the Navigator's materials, or Youth With a Mission (YWAM). I'm not sure if they publish anything that is specific to Inductive Bible Study, but they are both organizations that have a thrust in global missions and evangelism, so their materials may be more suited to your needs. As far as Inductive Bible Study materials go, Kay Arthur and Precept Upon Precept Ministries has been a leader in that area for decades. She has studies that are sold both in bookstores/on-line as well as studies that are just sold through the ministry.
As far as the Truth Project goes, it is great, but I don't think it's what you're looking for and it is definitely geared towards US audiences rather than international. I just checked my bookshelf, and I think you will find what you're looking for in the Navigator's materials. The one I've used in the past is called Design for Discipleship. The first book in the series is called Your Life in Christ. It has 4 lessons laid out in an inductive study format. You could work on the answers together, or work on them individually and share your answers in your meeting. There are other books in the series, all set up the same way, giving you the option of as many weeks as you want. Of course, I am assuming that you are working with materials written in English. I'm not sure if these books have been translated into other languages.
I hope this might be helpful. God bless.