BNEXT Pricing

Summary: We are very proud of our affordable pricing plan, and we are glad to share how we have structured our pricing, from individual copies to large-scale reproducible church licenses.

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BNEXT Bible study series’ are designed to supplement your personal and small group Bible study. And we believe that sound, Biblical teaching materials should not be expensive, but accessible and affordable. So here is the breakdown:

  • Each BNEXT study: 75¢ per lesson (lessons come in series sets)
  • Each BNEXT series set: begin at $5 per lesson (rights to duplicate from 2-500+ copies per set)

Using BNEXT with Sermons

Summary: Studies are designed for a pastor’s pulpit ministry to augment and compliment small groups. With this pairing, people can bring their thoughts or questions from a Sunday sermon, dig for solid answers as they study, and reflect on what they’re learning within their small group.

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BNEXT is distinctive and unique. No other ministry provides such a large catalog of resources designed to connect sermons, personal study, and small groups consistently and congregation-wide.

  • The pastor chooses what series to study and preach from a large and growing catalogue of BNEXT material.
  • Church members receive a BNEXT study guide each Sunday as a handout or bulletin insert for their personal study. (Most churches hand out the BNEXT studies on the day of the related sermon. Some chose to hand them out the week prior to that sermon).
  • Small groups use the BNEXT study guide.

BNEXT studies are plug-and-play for churches or groups that have experience leading small group Bible studies in their context. However, not every church who wants to lead a small group ministry has experience leading one – or starting one from scratch. With that in mind, there are multiple training and leadership tools we offer as free downloads:

Small Group Training

Summary: It’s nice to have a field manual at hand to help along the way, and we’ve provided that in the form of our Small Group Training Resources and Leader Training Manuals.

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BNEXT provides extensive resources for training small group leaders by means of a 4-5 hour training course divided into 4 sessions. The course includes a Student Manual, a Leader’s Manual, and corresponding PowerPoint presentations. The training manuals and PowerPoints come together as a set. The entire set of training materials is priced at $35.00 (a $75.00 value) that include the following:

Small Group Training

The first session is an exploration of the Biblical Foundation of small groups. from the Old to New Testaments. Made in the image of God, we too, like the triune God, are to experience a shared unity in relationships. Participants discover small groups as a perfect place to experience that shared unity with fellow believers.

Session 1: Why Small Groups?
The first session is an exploration of the Biblical Foundation of small groups from the Old to New Testaments. Made in the image of God, we too, like the triune God, are to experience a shared unity in relationships. Participants discover small groups as a perfect place to experience that shared unity with fellow believers. Jesus called twelve disciples and taught them in a group — what better way to follow the example of Jesus than in small groups? The early church grew as small communities of believers that could meet in homes in which they experienced spiritual intimacy with the risen Lord and each other by means of the Holy Spirit. Small groups are a great place to share in the same experience of spiritual intimacy.

Session 2: Growing a Small Group
A healthy small group includes a dynamic mix of worship, fellowship Bible study and mission. Small groups move through a cycle from initial excitement to appropriate termination. Small groups that bond together find value in establishing a mutual covenant and developing a mission statement.

Session 3: Leadership Skills
A spiritually maturing small group leader guides, protects, nurtures, equips others for ministry in following the example of our Lord.  By means of careful preparation, a small group leader makes sure that a group will experience a warm hospitality, meaningful prayer/worship, stimulating Bible study and generous/caring outreach to others. The dynamics of a small group are shaped by its various personalities. A skillful leader will be cognizant of who in a group might be a visionary, mediator, spectator, clown, cynic etc.

Session 4: Getting Organized
In order for small groups to be integral (connected to a church’s leadership) strategic (connecting to the overall direction of a church) and sustainable, (not sporadic or erratic) small groups must be supported by a team of small group shepherds providing caring oversight and support.

Leader Training Manuals with PowerPoints

A spiritually maturing small group leader guides, protects, nurtures, equips others for ministry in following the example of our Lord. By means of careful preparation, a small group leader makes sure that a group will experience a warm hospitality, meaningful prayer/worship, stimulating Bible study and generous/caring outreach to others. These downloadable resources which can be purchased from our online store will help you train your leaders to be effective in their leadership and direction of their groups.

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Mistakes to Avoid

Summary: The great thing about knowing thousands have gone before you is the security of knowing you don’t have to make rookie mistakes. (We’ve already made them … and we wrote them down so you don’t have to repeat them!)

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Mistakes by Facilitators

1. Failing to read yourself. Unless you’ve successfully read previously. Nothing will sabotage a group faster than a leader who fails to keep up with the reading.

2. Not holding the participants accountable. Many will join your group specifically for the accountability. They’ve tried to read before, but failed, often because there was no accountability. At the first B90 meeting, most participants will make a commitment to God to do the readings. Holding them accountable is simply assisting them to keep this truly important commitment that they made.

3. Letting people read their “own” Bible. See Mistakes by Participants (below). In addition, by having everyone read the same Bible, you are able to refer to page numbers versus chapter and verse, making small groups run more efficiently. It also avoids distracting (for B90 purposes) discussions about the differing phraseology of various translations.

4. Skipping the small group discussion. Typically, 40-50% of a class needs to be able to talk about what they are reading in order to stay engaged in the reading. Without the small group discussion, several participants will drop out.

5. Skipping the videos. The lessons “reward” the participants by sharing insights that the participants can either agree or disagree with. The lessons help provide context to keep participants engaged in the reading.


Mistakes by Participants

1. Reading without being part of a community. Finish rates plummet for people who “go solo.”

2. Using a Bible from your bookshelf to do the reading. Unless you’ve used THAT Bible in the past and read to read all of it previously, it probably is NOT well-suited to reading through cover to cover in 90 days. The vast majority of people who succeed tell us they are very glad they chose to use the B90 Bible.

3. Adding B90 to your list of TO DOS rather than REPLACING one or more of your activities with B90. The distinction may seem subtle, but consciously choosing to watch one hour LESS of TV each day means you are REPLACING TV watching with Bible reading. Without making such a conscious decision, you are simply ADDING TO a hectic schedule, which may undercut your chances of success.

See also Do’s and Don’ts for Catching Up Should You Fall Behind


Mistakes by B90 Hosts

1. Not using the recommended resources. These resources have been used successfully across denominations throughout the United States and in 20 foreign countries. They work. If you are going to substitute materials, please be sure they can demonstrate the same success. If you question this, talk with people who’ve used the curriculum. There is a reason that they work.

2. Not recruiting small group leaders ahead of time.

3. Not having an engaged senior pastor and key lay leader.

4. Distributing materials before the first class (except to facilitators and small group leaders).

See also Best Practices for a Church-wide B90 Program

 

Falling Behind: Dos & Don’ts for Catching Up

Summary: Don’t you like it when people talk straight with you? When they’ve been where you want to be? When they give you the inside information that you need to make it? Of course you do! So check out these things you need to do — and don’t miss the don’ts!

Reading the Bible in 90 Days is definitely a challenge that takes some focus. Life has a way of trying to trip you up. So, if you fall behind, here are few dos and don’ts for getting back on track:

The DO’s:

Do ask for God’s help. We cannot think of any reason why God would tell you not to read the Bible. If that’s what you think you are hearing, though, pray about it some more and think about why God might tell you that. No, this is not a competition with yourself and no it is not just so you can say you’ve done it. You WILL see God move in ways you haven’t before if you do this and listen. And even if you catch only a small portion of what the Bible says in this reading, you will catch what He wants you to hear this time. Once you ask, seize the opportunities He shows you. And yes, you still have to do the work. Pray each time you read to hear what He wants you to hear and be able to let the rest go. This is a not a Bible study. This is Bible reading. Absorb what you can. Forget the rest. He will help you.

Do set a goal for getting caught up. You won’t accidentally get caught up one day. Instead, set a goal and write it on your calendar. How far behind are you? Can you get caught up in one week? What about in three weeks? Pick a date, divide the number of pages by he number of days you have until then and make it happen.

Do figure out how to meet that goal. Your reading won’t just get done if you just hope it gets done. How will you do it? Can you schedule two extra 30 or 45 minute reading breaks in the day somewhere? Can you explain the situation to your spouse or a friend and get some extra help for a few reading breaks? Grab additional reading time whenever possible. Even 10 minute increments help. You are on a mission, and it’s not necessarily an easy one. Forces will conspire against you to keep you from reading. But He will be there to support you.

Do take your Bible everywhere. Yes, everywhere in your home and in your car. Take it to meet your friends and read while you wait for them. Read it while in line at the grocery store. Read it while your daughter is in ballet instead of chatting with friends (let your friends know about the challenge … we bet they’ll understand.) Get to church early and read before worship. Read while waiting for the oven to preheat. Read while waiting for water to boil. Read while in the bathroom. Read while your kids do their homework. Institute family reading time, even if that just means looking at pictures for your youngest ones, and read then.

Do watch your progress. Download the Bible reading bookmarks from the Bible in 90 Days resource page, print them out and check of the reading as you get it done. Do this even if you are reading digitally. Seeing your progress will motivate you. If you are using a hardcopy Bible, place a sticky note at the end of each day’s reading, each week’s reading or wherever your next goal in reading may be. As you move your Bible reading schedule bookmark closer, you’ll see your progress.

Do make sure you are committed. Is reading the entire Bible important to you? If so, commit to reading the whole Bible. If you commit to just reading as much as you can, you won’t read the whole thing. Don’t you want to know all that God wants to share with you? Talk to God again. Talk about this commitment. Thank Him for the gift of the Bible and let him know you want to open, read and learn from this gift. Make a new commitment to Him and to yourself. And keep it. He will help you if you just ask.

The DON’Ts:

Don’t skip ahead and assume you’ll go back and read what you missed. Readers that do this rarely go back and read the entire Word. We are reading the entire Bible here, in order, cover to cover. By skipping around you will miss some of the story that is built upon in the scripture. If you are behind, do not skip ahead so you feel better. Just keep plowing forward in the reading. Once you do catch up, it will be SO worth it.

Don’t listen instead of read. Listening is not reading. Things happen when you read that do not happen when you listen. I know it sounds harsh, but listening is not reading. You signed up for a reading plan. You can, however, listen while you read if that helps you to stay focused. But do not listen in place of reading. You’ll be cheating yourself.

Don’t read without a plan. If you are trying to catch up, set a plan for catching up. How many pages behind are you? How many pages are in a day’s reading? Come up with a realistic deadline to be caught up, divide to find the number of pages you need to read each day, and GO TO TOWN reading. Time yourself to see how long a day’s reading takes. Figure out how many days you are behind and how much reading time you need to do to catch up. Then plot those times on your calendar instead of expecting those windows of time to just appear and keep those appointments to read. If you want to try to catch up all at  once, go for it. Sunday is often a great catch up day. Block out the time.

Don’t set yourself up for failure. When is a realistic time for you to read? You might say you’ll just get up earlier to read beginning at 5:30 a.m.. Is that realistic for you? You might decide you’ll just read after the kids go to bed. Will you really get it done then or will you be pulled in by different distractions? Decide when it really makes sense for you to read and then think of all the excuses to NOT read at that time. Think about which will win at those times: the excuses or the reading? Prepare yourself NOT to give in, but rather to read, read, READ, and listen to God. You can get back to all those distractions soon, just after you have read the ENTIRE Bible.

Don’t give up. If you think you should just give up, try to remember why you decided to start this in the first place. Then think about why you are quitting. Is it REALLY a good reason? Did you talk to God about it? Do you really think He wants you to stop reading His Word aggressively?

Best Practices for Church-Wide B90 Program

Summary: So you want to begin a B90 group in your church? That’s where most B90 groups take place, and we’ve been able to collect a fantastic and extensive list to help you excel the group you’ll lead for your church.

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Pilot Group: Begin with a pilot group — say 3-12 staff and/or church leaders — that will start and complete The Bible in 90 Days prior to the church-wide effort. Use all the resource materials to become familiar with them, and meet just as the participants in the church-wide effort will meet. So, a pilot group might do the curriculum from June through August just prior to a church-wide effort beginning in September. This serves several purposes:

  1. For many in the pilot group, this may be their first trip through God’s Word;
  2. Often, the pilot group comes together in a way that provides an incredible foundation for the church-wide effort;
  3. Video, written, or live testimonials from the pilot group can be used to market the church-wide effort; and
  4. Hands-on experience helps leadership understand how the various pillars of The Bible in 90 Days curriculum and resources fit together to undergird participants’ success.

Recruit a core group of Facilitators and Small Group Leaders at least one month before your church-wide start date. See the Leader’s Guide for details.

A church-wide effort should focus on adults. If the child and youth departments want to participate in a church-wide effort, we suggest they offer a parallel program using some of the children and youth materials mentioned elsewhere in this site. While we’ve had youths as young as ten years old successfully complete the program using the resources, this is the exception rather than the rule. Those who are ready can participate along with the adults.  What will make an indelible impression on the youth in the church is that the adults – parents, teachers, staff, etc. – are reading the entire Bible. This will be something to aspire to when they get older.

Market the church-wide B90 widely for at least four weeks prior to the first meeting. Use testimonials from the pilot group or elsewhere in church services, bulletins, newsletters and social media. B90 is a great way to encourage the un-churched to come to your church for a specified period of time — 90 days. Most people want to read the entire Bible, and they’ll even come to your church to do so. Then you have 14 weeks to encourage them to keep coming back.

During the run-up to launch, register attendees so you can estimate what materials to order. However, registration should be limited to getting people to come to the first meeting. period. Let them know that — at the first meeting — they’ll be given all the information they’ll need in order to make an informed decision as to whether or not they can participate in the 90 day challenge. During the weeks leading up to the first meeting, have people register for the first meeting, but do not take money or distribute materials — until the first meeting.

Why? Because…

1. Almost everyone who attends the first meeting will end up committing to the challenge and,

2. A lot more people will come to the first meeting, since their initial commitment only requires them to come to a meeting!

This two-step process may seem unnecessary, but instead is crucial — like courtships starting with a date rather than a proposal. During the course of the first meeting, they’ll be given all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Virtually everyone in attendance will say ‘yes’, and some will encourage friends and family to come with them to the second meeting.

  • Do not distribute the Bible or Participant’s Guide prior to the first meeting. This keeps people from “getting a head start”, then falling victim to the same hurdles that typically thwart people’s efforts to read the entire Bible. The information shared during the first meeting is crucial in helping people approach the challenge in a way that they can be successful.
  • It generally works best for each participant to have some investment in the program. Many churches have participants pay, say, $15-25 for materials (Bible and Participant’s Guide). This investment helps “lock in” their commitment.
  • Be sure the participants are accountable throughout. The two-colored name tag system described in the Leader’s Guide is very effective. It keeps participants accountable while minimizing the burden on leadership. Other methods can be used, if need be.  Having participants report their status (“current with reading” or “a little behind”) is critical in helping many participants succeed.
  • The Senior Pastor and at least one respected key lay leader should both be visible proponents of the B90 effort.
  • For the 14 weeks of the program, have the senior pastor preach a sermon that is drawn from something in the prior week’s reading. This can be of the pastor’s choosing, or can be developed from the outlines provided on this site.
  • Sermons from the reading immediately rewards the participants, and trains them that being in the Word will help them glean more from each week’s sermons. Those people who are not participating will wish they were. They will be ready and willing the next time B90 is offered. There is NO need for the sermons to summarize the prior week’s reading.
  • Consider a church-wide celebration upon completion.

Scheduling

Offer several meeting times. For instance, a group on Sunday evening at 6 p.m., another Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., and another on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., etc. Make it as convenient as possible for your congregants and guests to say YES to the challenge.

Winter

  • Unless you must, do not start a church-wide effort on January 1. Don’t start on a day when you know some of the people you most want involved will be out late the night before.
  • For larger churches, it is best to start between late January and late February. This allows time to market the start after Christmas vacation. Starting by late February (1) still takes advantage of a people’s desire to do something meaningful during the new year and (2) typically allows you to finish before school lets out for the summer.

Fall

  • Schedule so that you finish before Thanksgiving. Most people will get caught up in holiday gatherings with family and friends which will simply impede finishing.

Summer

  • Some congregations do well in the summer; many do not. Try to start after school lets out for the summer and end before it begins again in the fall.
  • Prepare people to keep reading if even while traveling. Those who fly find this is a great time to do their reading.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summary: Over the years we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions, and we’ve provided simple and thoughtful responses here for you.

Why use BNEXT?

BNEXT is a proven system of discipleship and spiritual growth to help your church become grounded in God’s Word and built into maturity in Christ, as described in Ephesians 4:14-16:

Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

How can BNEXT support the pastor’s sermon?

When used in tandem with BNEXT studies, the pastor’s sermon becomes the focal point for church member’s personal study and reflection, for small group discussion, and potentially for Sunday School instruction. All of this is made possible through the synergistic BNEXT study materials and the guidelines for their use. To learn more, download our Catalog of BNEXT Studies and the sermon planning options.

What helps do you offer for small group ministry in my church?

We offer a training module for your small group leaders, along with guidelines for establishing a small group ministry. For more information, please see the Resources.

How difficult is it to get started?

It is not difficult to get started with BNEXT. You should read the Getting Started  section of this site, and then bring the vision to your church leadership team. It will all unfold from there.

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on the size of your church. Each study can be downloaded individually at $.75 per lesson, or as a full-church reproducible resource at a price of $5 per lesson for churches up to 250 members. We are probably the best priced ministry of this kind anywhere. Our philosophy is “ministry first, and God will provide the money.” It is our hope that churches that find benefit from BNEXT will consider donating to the ministry through their missions budgets, to enable us to reach out to more churches.

What if our church wants to write its own material?

We encourage churches to write their own materials as well as to draw from our rich database. We provide guidelines in our Resources Tab for writing study guides, and offer to pay you for the materials you write, if they meet our standards and if they complement our current catalogue. Our vision is to continue expanding the catalogue so that pastors can eventually draw from every book of the Bible and from an expansive array of topics. Read our Guidelines paper.

Best Practices for Community-Wide B90 Program

Summary: Many have taken B90 straight to their community and seen great success. You can do it too … especially with these notes from our most vibrant B90 community groups.

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Several smaller communities have offered The Bible in 90 Days programs community-wide . While each community is different and has unique resources and challenges, universal best practices can be boiled down to three:

  • Have a well-respected member of the community spearhead the effort.
  • Enlist influential organizations in the community to organize the effort (ministerial association), mobilize volunteers (churches), provide resources (businesses or civic groups).
  • Encourage all participating hosts (churches, prisons, bridge clubs, companies, etc.) to adapt the Best Practices for Church-Wide B90 Program as appropriate to their entities and audiences.
  • Plan ahead. Be patient. It takes time and persistence. Depending on the size of the community and whether or not an organizing structure is in place (or needs to be formed), a successful community-wide effort requires one to two years from inception to completion.
  • Upon completion, consider hosting a community-wide celebration OR a series of celebrations open to all participants.

Best Practices for B90 in Prision Ministry

Summary: Talk about an audience hungry for truth and hungry for Christian community! B90 groups have made a huge difference not only to prisoners, but especially to the prisons where they thrive. These notes will help you help men and women find spiritual freedom – even if they live behind physical bars.

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The Bible in 90 Days has been exceptionally well received by Prison Fellowship for over five years in several states. We have seen very positive results from using The Bible in 90 Days within the faith-based dorms in the prisons of Texas. In addition to the individual spiritual growth that comes from reading the Bible from cover to cover in only 90 days, we have seen that the use of the materials has produced a tremendous sense of community among the participants. Many inmates have invited family and friends on the outside to read along with them, thus bringing them closer to those on the outside. Below are some of the “Best Practices” we have observed when using the materials in prison ministry:

  • Always remember that each prison is unique; therefore, work closely with both the chaplain and warden when implementing the materials.
  • The small groups are the key to the success of B90 in prisons. Ask the chaplain to select qualified inmates to serve as facilitators of groups. Let facilitators choose co-facilitators from within their group. Spend some time training the facilitators emphasizing that they are to facilitate discussion, not be a teacher. Allocate as much time as possible to the small groups (at least 45 minutes). The leaders are very comfortable using the questions in the Participants Guide. You don’t need to add to this. I have had many of the groups meet between the large group sessions for prayer and to support one another.
  • Always be yourself, although it may not be adequate from your perspective. The inmates are very flexible and appreciative of the opportunity to read God’s Word.
  • Don’t miss a week. Keep on schedule. Work with the chaplain if any conflicts develop within a group.
  • Your role as leader is to set the tone. Be continually positive and encouraging. Remind them frequently that B90 is a Bible reading class, and not a Bible study. They are to focus on the big picture and the unity of the Bible, not on all the specific questions they might have from a particular passage. The best preparation for the leader is to participate yourself by reading along with the inmates. Share what you are learning as you read the Bible with them. Preview the DVD for each session choosing the one that best fits your situation. Inmates have responded well to Jack Modesett’s presentations.
  • Work with the chaplain to plan a celebration event at the end of the class which might include a meal, testimonies from inmates and a presentation of a certificate of completion.

Scope & Sequence

Summary: BNEXT Bible Studies reach wide from Genesis to Revelation with flyovers of the New and Old Testaments. Extended studies also allow students to dig deep into the truths of major sections too. Here you’ll see a summary of our scope and sequence for the BNEXT studies.

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BNEXT studies are broken down into five categories:

  1. Old Testament Overview Series provides an overview of the books and concepts of the Old Testament in the sequential order of the Old Testament books.
  2. New Testament Overview Series is similar to the Old Testament Overview Series in that it provides a concise synopsis of the New Testament. It is intended to be used taking the studies in order from the Gospels to Revelation.
  3. Old Testament Book Series can be used when you want more in-depth study of Old Testament books for your group or your church.
  4. New Testament Book Series is also created so your group or church can dig deeper into the books of the New Testament.
  5. Topical Study Series delves into topics like the Apostle’s Creed, The Fruit of the Spirit, and Disciplines for Christian Growth.