About Bible Engagement

Help your young people engage with the Bible. Here you’ll find a variety Bible reading methods to help them read the Bible on their own, as well as tools to help you create engaging Bible studies for your group.

Head Heart Hands

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Here is a simple method to use when reading scripture: respond with your head, heart and hands.
To make the most of this method, create a space that is quiet and free of distractions from the outside world or from your own busy mind.
Start by reading your chosen Bible passage, then ask... See more

Kairos Method

The Kairos Method is a simple way to read the Bible, inviting readers to focus on a God thought, Life thought and Self thought that arises out of the passage.
To make the most of this method, create a space that is quiet and free of distractions from the outside world or from your own busy... See more

Swedish Symbol Method

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

The Swedish Symbol Method is a straightforward Bible reading method with three helpful symbols to help you get into the passage.
Start by choosing a passage - this method is most suited to the teachings of Jesus and sections of the Epistles.
Read the passage, then use the following three... See more

Six Symbol Study

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

The Six Symbol method introduces young people to Bible Study in an interesting and engaging way. It gives them a tool to explore a Bible passage and develops the skills of looking for meaning, understanding and application in Scripture. It can be used individually or together in small groups which... See more

How to do Lectio Divina with a Small Group

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland


Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina is an ancient form of seeking to hear God speak to us through the Scriptures, which is attributed to Saint Benedict (c. 480 – c.543). Here the basic form has been adapted for use by small groups.
Small Group Method
Start by choosing the text that you... See more

How To Do A One on One Bible Study

Contributed by: Rev Peter Collier

A Simple Method for Studying the Bible One on One
It can be quite daunting meeting up with someone to look at the Bible together, especially if you have never done it before. However, even if you have never read the Bible with someone else before, it is possible to mine the riches of the... See more

How to Prepare a Bible Study

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

The heart of a good study is the questions and personal study of the passage by the leader.
 
Well Beforehand:
Be well familiar with the passage; study it yourself, maybe using these notes.
Come up with a 'Big Idea' - a 1-sentence summary of what you think the passage is... See more

Hook, Look, Book, Took

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Doing talks using the Hook, Look, Book, Took approach.
‘Talks’, ‘God-spots’, ‘devotions’, ‘up-fronts’ - whatever you call it, youth leaders often feel nervous about doing Christian input well on your main youth group night.
The ‘Hook, Look, Book, Took’ model is a pretty... See more