Equipping Your Reimagine Journey
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.
The I in IBS for me meant Investigative not Inductive. I am very familiar with the Navigator material. It helped make me who I am today. I did the DFDs as young Chrisitan 25 years ago at college. I lovedd it. But I am looking to get someone to Christ first, then hit them with something like DFDs.
Thanks for offering help.
Ann H. LeFevre said: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.
You've hit on a big need! I work with teens, many from high poverty homes and non-English speaking homes so their vocabulary level is very low. It is difficult to find a seekers curriculum. I personally have resorted more to having them do paper/pencil studies rather than video series. I took Firm Foundations and condensed it down to 10 lessons with them doing the digging. If you have the time for it, you might find The Hope Project helpful.
They also have study guides available in the resources section at: http://www.thehopeproject.com/resources.php