Starting a B90 Group

Summary: Thousands of B90 groups have been gathered around the world … but, you’ve never started a group. No worries: begin right here to learn the basics of how to start a B90 group of your own.

Journeying through the Bible in 90 Days (B90) with a group together greatly increases the chance of success, and yields the highest finish rates. The premise is simple: all participants read 12 pages a day using the B90 Bible on their own. Then, once a week, they meet together in a group for discussion, viewing a teaching DVD, and fellowship. Meeting times usually last at least one hour. This gives every participant an accountability group, a chance to share insights, and to get an overview of the previous week’s reading (via the DVD).

Who can lead a group?

Almost anyone really. By using the recommended resources, even those with little knowledge of the Bible can lead a group through The Bible in 90 Days. This works because the B90 Leader’s Kit is designed to help you facilitate a group rather than teach. The main criteria for a leader is that he/she be committed to leading a group through the reading — and either (a) will be reading along with the group or (b) has previously read through the entire Bible.

Starting a group.

First, select the dates of your reading session and your meeting day. Think about the time of year and the availability of potential participants as you select your dates. For example, starting a B90 group near the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays will be too challenging. It’s far better to lead a B90 session which ends before Thanksgiving — it will be more successful. Think of days and times that will be most convenient to you and your group.

Choose a video series.

A unique feature of B90 is that it offers two full series of DVD video lessons to choose from:

  • One series of lessons is led by Jack Modesett, a business man, former Chairman of the Board of Christianity Today, and gifted communicator. Jack presents his insights in effective and entertaining ways that keep participants engaged in their daily reading.
  • The other series is led by John Walton, PhD and Mark Strauss, PhD. John teaches Old Testament at Wheaton Graduate School and College and is the author of several books on the Old Testament. Mark is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego and a member of the Committee on Bible Translation, and has written or contributed to numerous books and articles on the New Testament.

For each group participant, we recommend they purchase a B90 Bible and a B90 Participant’s Guide, or purchase both together.

Prepare for the first meeting.

Your initial gathering should be an information session. When possible, take advance registration and have the Bible in 90 Days materials on-hand for participants to purchase. Inform potential participants about B90 material costs before the first meeting so they can be ready to make purchases.

Publicize the first meeting in advance.

When offering a church-wide or public setting for B90, use emails, fliers, your church newsletter or bulletin, or social media to spread the word. Feel free to use any of our B90 logos in your materials. As participants register in advance, also encourage them to invite a friend to join the group.

Think outside the original target audience.

When the Denver Post visited a Bible in 90 Days host church, there were 600 participants! Of the 600, there 200 who weren’t even members of that church … they came from the surrounding community! You just never know whom you might reach with the Bible in 90 Days.

FAQs: know the answers.

Be prepared to answer most Frequently Asked Questions. Help your group members understand what materials they will need and why and what will be expected of them.

Plan for accountability.

The B90 Leader’s Guide details a simple and effective reader-accountability plan using two-colored name tags. At first, you might be uncomfortable using this group accountability method … roll with it. Alternatively, groups can use a roll call to announce if they are caught up or not. Other groups have used a check-in sheet to indicate their reading status. Know your group, then encourage everyone to acknowledge where they are each week so that no one gets too far behind.

Keep group sizes small.

If a group has more than 12 participants, then divide it into two smaller groups for accountability and discussion, but ALWAYS view the DVD together as the larger group. Appoint a discussion leader for each small group. In the B90 Participant’s Guide, you’ll find discussion “rules of engagement” that will help guide the discussion times. Remember: this is not a Bible study … it’s just reading through the entire Bible. As facilitator, you must ensure that all discussion takes that into account.

Set a finish date.

Clearly set a finish date so everyone is fixed on the same goal. People can join in later, but it will be a huge challenge for them to finish on time. Starting together, being on time, with consistency, sets up participants for success, and will minimize discouragement, dropouts, or failing to finish.

Celebrate completion!

Many groups celebrate the half-way mark (usually week 7) with refreshments. Even more groups plan a completion or graduation party for the last meeting. So take advantage of our B90 Completion Certificates for your completion party. Also ask your graduates to share their stories here on the B90 Testimonials page. Finally, encourage graduates to spread the word about Bible in 90 Days. Perhaps some of them will launch new B90 groups!

Facilitating a B90 Group

Summary: It’s been said that everything rises and falls upon leadership. Click here for our best tips to help you facilitate your B90 group from start to finish.

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Once you’ve decided to facilitate a Bible in 90 Days group, and become familiar with these Steps for Starting a B90 Group, here are a few best practices for facilitating your B90 group:

Pray.

At beginning and end, and throughout the week, pray for yourself, and your group, that God will reveal Himself to each participant as they read through His Word.

Read it yourself.

Commit to the daily reading yourself, and complete the reading ahead of the group. Your own commitment is paramount to the group’s success. Participants need to know that you understand the commitment needed to achieve this goal.

Honor everyone’s time.

Everyone seems strapped for time. When you start and end each meeting on schedule, they’ll know you value their time. So, to ensure a meeting’s success, do the readings, be prepared by using the B90 Leader’s Guide, and stay focused on what needs to be discussed. If your meetings are online, refrain from banter so you can start and end at the times you’ve scheduled.

Foster accountability and fellowship.

Help group members get to know each other, to feel comfortable discussing the reading, as well as holding each other accountable. Encourage members to pray for each other. Accountability for online groups is an additional challenge because they may never be face to face. If hosting an online group, do weekly check-ins with each other. You can do this via a Facebook group, blog page, Twitter (with the #B90Days hashtag) or by email. One successful online B90 leader paired her group members so each had a direct accountability partner.

Use the B90 resources.

This website contains a complete line of B90 articles and free resources. You’re free to customize the resources to better fit your group. We have carefully designed, developed, and tested our materials to ensure success. Many thousands of participants have successfully completed reading the Bible in 90 days by following these procedures. If you want to succeed, then use the system that’s already proven itself to be valuable.

Facilitate — don’t teach.

Often your readers will have questions about the content of the reading. Your job is to help them read, not teach. Most often the two best answers to reader questions are “What do you think?” or “Keep reading and let me know what you think later.” Suggest that they write a list of questions to research and delve into after the reading is complete. One B90 leader invited the senior pastor to the group’s graduation celebration, where participants could then ask any questions they had collected during the course.

Ask the Holy Spirit for help.

Again, throughout your B90 experience, always acknowledge God’s presence (Jesus assured it) and ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you facilitate. Lay your challenges at His feet. He will guide you and your group to the finish. Encourage group members to do the same.

B90 Core Materials

Summary: We have so many tools to help you make the most of your B90 experience. If you’re looking to learn more about our process by looking at our nuts and bolts, a quick read here will give you exactly that!

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The Bible in 90 Days™ Bible  |  Purchase Here

Each participant in The Bible in 90 Days program, or anyone who wants to read the Bible from cover to cover. We selected this Bible for the curriculum and worked with Zondervan to modify it because it is a very good reading Bible. Its benefits include:

  • NIV translation (very readable; contemporary language, yet a rigorous translation)
  • Larger print
  • Minimal footnotes
  • Thin and portable
  • Start and end markers for each day’s reading
  • Read just 12 pages a day to finish entire Bible in 90 days

This Bible is strongly recommended for anyone who desires to successfully read the Bible from cover to cover in 90 days. Even if you already own a Bible, this Bible is the one you need for this reading and will greatly increase your chances for success.

B90 Participant’s Guide  |  Purchase Here

The Bible in 90 Days Participant’s Guide includes one chapter for each week of study. Features include book overviews, personal progress charts, room to journal, questions for reflection, and questions for small group discussion. One Participant’s Guide for each participant is recommended.

B90 Leader’s Guide & DVD Kit  |  Purchase Here

This includes the printed Leader’s Guide and 3 DVDs with 14 teaching sessions. The DVDs are comprised of two complete lesson tracks. The leader or group will select one track for the group to follow.

TRACK A
Lesson 1: Overview with Ted Cooper Jr., founder of the program.
Lessons 2-10: Presented by John Walton, professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School.
Lessons 11-14: Presented by Mark Strauss, professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego.

TRACK B
Lesson 1: Overview with Ted Cooper Jr., founder of the program.
Lessons 2-14: Presented by Jack Modesett, Jr., Sunday school teacher, business man, and former Chairman of the Board of Christianity Today magazine.

B90 Freebies  |  Download Here

We have developed a number of free resources which will help you have a successful B90 experience. We’ve created bookmarks, church bulletins, promotional pieces, downloadable certificates, and more. You may not need all of these freebies, but we’ve done our best to assemble some useful tools that will help you succeed!

B90 Bible Reading Tips

Summary: Your life can change in 90 days — guaranteed! But for a life-change to happen, you need to complete the process. You’ll be surprised how easily you can do it if you’ll follow these simple instructions.

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Reading the Bible in 90 days is an incredibly rewarding experience, and definitely a challenge. So here are a few tips to help you make it to the last page:

  • Make reading your daily priority.

  • Remove distractions: get in a quiet place; silence your phone, computer, and TV.

  • Pray before you read.

  • Don’t judge your response to what you are reading: just keep reading!

  • Write down questions as you read; investigate them later.

  • Take your Bible with you everywhere.

  • If you get behind, don’t give up and don’t quit! Use the weekend to catch up!

FAQs About B90

Summary: The only bad question is the one you don’t ask, right? Here are the most frequent questions about B90 with our straightforward answers.

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What is the process of reading the
Bible in 90 days in a nutshell?

Each participant reads on his or her own, then gathers once a week with other participants. The weekly meetings include small group discussion, activities, and a video lesson. Experience has taught us that for most people, the fellowship, accountability, and material shared during the weekly meetings are crucial to their successfully reading through the entire Bible.

Why 90 days?

The program is 90 days because most people can wrap their minds around doing something for 90 days. Imagine giving a person a choice to diet for three months … or twelve. Which is more likely to succeed? From day one, the end is in sight. This is important for each participant. Yes, the readings ARE a challenge. Yet most participants tell us it is a manageable challenge. And the payoff more than compensates.

Who can lead the B90 curriculum?

YOU can. All it takes is a desire to help people read the entire Bible. Some leaders start a group as a way to ensure that they themselves do the reading. That said, leaders should commit to read along with the group. Many leaders have gathered a B90 group, read the Bible for the first time, while facilitating the curriculum. In every case, the leader’s only job is to facilitate, not teach. The B90 Leader’s Guide makes it simple and straightforward.

Why does it work?

It works for many reasons. Here are a few:

  • Time frame: 90 days vs. a year (or longer) is very doable and easier to commit to finish.
  • Readability: The Bible in 90 Days Bible uses large print, minimal footnotes for distraction, and is an easy to read translation.
  • Community: Weekly meetings build support, fellowship, accountability, and knowledgeable insight.
  • Support materials: B90 provides just the right amount of support materials … so participants remain engaged and focused on one thing: reading the Bible!
  • A lowering of barriers: By emphasizing the practical aspects of Bible reading, we foster an environment where participants are more likely to recognize being led by the Holy Spirit while reading and thus be transformed by the Word.

How much reading is involved?
Do participants actually read the entire Bible?

Yes, participants read every word of the Bible. This is not an abridged program. Participants using the B90 Bible will read 12 pages a day, which usually takes about 45-60 minutes of reading time.

Do I have to use the official B90 Bible?

No, but we know with certainty that your chances of success increase dramatically if you do.

What materials are needed?

Can I listen instead of read?

To participate in the Bible in 90 Days program, you must read all the words of the Bible yourself. This is not a listening plan … its a reading plan. That said, some people while reading may choose to also listen to a recording of the Bible — which can help you remain focused while you are reading it. BibleGateway has an audio Bible you can use for that — just be sure you’re listening to the NIV version.

Can this really be done on a church-wide
or community-wide basis?

Yes, it can and is being done church-wide … and even in small communities. B90 was developed to scale up and down to virtually any size. But in all cases, the secret to success is doing B90 as a group!

What denominations have used B90?

B90 is a non-denominational curriculum which has been embraced in the following denominations:

  • Assembly of God  |  Baptist  |  Bible  |  Catholic  |  Church of Christ  |  Community
  • Episcopal  |  Evangelical Free  |  Lutheran  |  Methodist  |  Mennonite
  • Non-denominational  |  Pentecostal  |  Presbyterian  |  United Methodist  |  Vineyard

How do I get started?

These links: Starting a B90 Group or Starting an B90 Group Online detail the simple, easy to follow steps you can take to gather and begin a B90 group as soon as you like. YES YOU CAN read the Bible in 90 days — so let’s get started!

Starting an Online B90 Group

Summary: Online communities can be significant, personal, and truly vibrant. We’ve seen online B90 communities thrive, and we’ve assembled some effective guidelines for you here.

 

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Sometimes it’s not possible for a B90 group to meet in person. When that’s the case, often an online group can still afford the fellowship and accountability needed to read the Bible in 90 Days. Bloggers and church leaders have successfully launched and conducted online Bible in 90 Days groups. With a little internet know-how, you can, too.

If you would like to facilitate a B90 group online, then the best place to start is to reach out to Amy Gross of MomsToolbox.com. Amy has hosted thousands of Bible in 90 Days readers on her website using her blog platform, Facebook, Twitter, email mentor teams, and more. Drop her an email, let her know what type of group you have in mind, and she’ll be happy to help you out.

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.

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.