Women’s Ministry Bible Studies

Talk to your pastor and ask him if you could put together some ideas about having a women’s Bible study, following the suggestions below. Pray for God’s guidance as you prepare your plan.

  • Define the focus of the group and who will be served: young moms, working women, new Christians, mature Christians, cross-generational, or a particular interest group. Define the needs of the women that this Bible class will be meeting.
  • Articulate why a woman led women’s Bible class would be helpful to meet the above needs.
  • It is important to keep your group focused on your purpose. How will the group keep from becoming a social group, therapy session, “gripe group,” or breeding ground for gossip?
  • Consider where you will meet, when, how often, and whether you will provide childcare. Will you serve refreshments?
  • Define WHO will lead the group and how that will be decided? What are the qualifications necessary to be a leader, i.e. “full of wisdom and the spirit” or something else?
  • What are the arrangements for pastoral guidance? (See also, “Keeping a Women’s Bible Study on Track.”) Should questions arise in a lesson, your pastor stands ready to guide you to the best of his ability. Share with him concerns and needs that have surfaced.
  • What materials will be used as the basis for the study and who will decide what is valuable for the particular group wishing to begin a study? Choose your materials wisely. If you have questions, check with your pastor. He will be happy to guide you in your choice of a book or study. (See also, “Discernment in Bible Study Materials.”)
  • After these considerations have been clearly written, take it to your pastor and/or church council or elders to ask their permission, prayers and guidance. If this will involve women from more than one congregation, be sure that all of the pastors and congregational authorities involved are aware of the above information and identify which pastor/congregation will be the recognized advisor/responsible body.
  • If there is support for this class, start with a small group as a sort of “pilot” group so you can deal with the “blessings” first on a small scale. This will also give you a chance to work out the kinks and deal with unforeseen circumstances: length of lessons, more discussion than you planned, presence of children.
  • After the pilot, decide who the wider group is to include and be sure to make the class focus, study method, material/resources, attitude toward children, etc., widely known so those who fit your target group and are interested will know they are welcome. You don’t want to earn or inadvertently develop a reputation as an exclusive club! Women seem to be especially sensitive to feeling “left out” or unwelcome. Be careful here.
  • Plan a course of study for a year. Know where you’re headed and how you’ll be meeting the needs you identified earlier. After that time get feedback from the group as to whether or not this is meeting their Bible study needs and adjust/expand as necessary.

Studying God’s Word together as women is a tremendous blessing and responsibility. Know that your synod’s Women’s Ministry Committee is praying for you and here to help and support you.

Prayers To Open Bible Study

Heavenly Father, as we gather together to study your Word, we pray that you would send your Holy Spirit to be with us. Clear our minds from the distractions and concerns of the day and open our hearts to receive the truth of your Word. Guide our study and discussions that we may grow closer to you in all we do and say. Strengthen our faith according to the promises in your Word and bind our hearts to one another in fellowship and love. May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and Redeemer, Amen.

Bible Studies

Old Testament

Isaiah 1 -39 (M. Miller)
   Leader’s GuideStudent Guide

Isaiah 40 -66 (M. Miller)
   Leader’s GuideStudent Guide


Minor Prophets 
(M. Miller)
   Leader’s Guide –  Student Guide


Habakkuk 
(N. Schmidt)
   Leader’s Guide –  Student Guide

Ruth – living with God’s unfailing faithfulness –  Available from NPH $14.99

Ruth: Living in God’s unfailing faithfulness allows flexibility for a variety of schedules making it practical to use as a personal or group Bible Study. The discussion questions help participants share their faith and make real-life applications. Answer helps at the back of the book guide readers to new insights. Prayer Pauses throughout the study offer moments to stop and pray. The book also includes 5 one-hour Bible study lessons for groups with a set schedule.

New Testament

Luke (Schlenvogt-Dew)
     Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


Galatians
 (K. Wendland)
   No Leader’s Guide –  Student Guide


Ephesians
 (K. Wendland)
   No Leader’s Guide –  Student Guide


Timothy
 (M. Miller)
   Leader’s Guide –  Student Guide

James (M. Miller)
     Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


1 Peter
(K. Wendland)
     No Leader’s Guide –Student Guide


Jude (M. Miller)
     Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


Jude
(A. Swenson)
    Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide

Topical Studies

New! Time – It’s a Gift (S. Valleskey)
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Leader’s Guide, Student Guides, logo, promo piece


Assimilating Members
 (S. Valleskey)
     Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


Beatitudes
(M. Miller)
 Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


Bible Sister Series
(M. Miller)
Leader’s GuideStudent Guide
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God’s Love 
(M. Miller)
     Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


Ministry of the Keys (N. Schmidt)
     Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


Names of God
(M. Miller)
     Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


Parable Study 
 (Sara Schleicher)
    Leader’s Guide  –  Student Guide


Womanly Encounters with Jesus
(N. Schmidt)
   No Leader’s Guide –  Student Guide


Your Identity in Christ (P. Sulzle)
 Leader’s Guide –  Student Guide

Spanish Bible Studies

spanishsiteUn estudio de 1 y 2 Timoteo
Leader’s GuideStudent Guide

Un estudio del Libro de Santiago
Leader’s GuideStudent Guide

Recommended Reading

NPH Series

Old and New Testament People’s Bibles

People’s Bible Teachings

The Impact Series

Bible Discovery Series

Bible Study Commentaries

Revelation; A Distant Triumph Song: Siegbert W. Becker

Bible History Commentary, OT and NT; Werner H. Franzman

1 and 2 Peter, Jude; David Kuske

Concordia Self-Study Commentary; Roehrs Franzman

Need Help?

If you’re looking for a simple way to start reading the Bible, try a SOAP study! Curious? Here’s the idea: Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer! Read more here!

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