One of my goals this year is to try to study with some people that I might not typically run across — people that hold different religious beliefs than I do. I’ve come up with an idea that I’m going to start in a week or two, and I wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts about it. Good/bad idea, types of results I should expect, etc.
I’ve already talked to the other men in my congregation, and we’ve decided that we’re going to have a weekly bible study on Thursday nights that tries to be a little more informal than a typical “Wednesday night bible study.” I still plan to have it at our church building, because it’s a pretty convenient location for our community, and it’s always available. The bible study would start around 7 or 7:30, I’m thinking we’ll arrange some chairs around in a circle to encourage participation, and go from there. Of course, I plan to always have some material prepared, but I want it to be a flexible enough study to get off on questions or topics that people might bring up. While anyone from the congregation I attend is welcome to come, I’m really hoping that we can drum up some interest from other spiritually-minded people in the community. I plan to post fliers around town… the whole nine yards.
What do you think? Have any of you tried something like this before… or do you know of a better idea?