Who can lead a group?
Almost anyone can. By using our recommended resources, even with minimal Bible knowledge, you can lead a group through Bible in 90 Days. It works because both the B90 (traditional) Bundle or the B90+ (digital) Bundle are designed to help you facilitate a group, rather than teach. Your main concern as a facilitator is your commitment to lead a group through the readings. You must either (a) read with the group, or (b) have previously read through the entire Bible yourself.
Starting a group.
First, determine start and finish dates for reading, and what day your weekly group meeting will gather. Think about the time of year and the availability of potential participants when you select your dates. Example: starting B90 near Thanksgiving or Christmas is not the best time. B90 sessions should end before Thanksgiving — it will be more successful. Think of times or seasons that will be most convenient for you and your group.
Choose a video series.
Bible in 90 Days offers three series of video lessons; the first two series apply to B90 Traditional, and the third series for B90+ Digital:
- One DVD teaching series is led by Jack Modesett, a businessman, 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 DVD 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, a member of the Committee on Bible Translation, and has written numerous books and articles on the New Testament.
- For B90+, “The Essential Snapshot” video teaching series is hosted by Dr. William Campbell, Founder and Executive Director of Scripture Awakening. This 14-week series was made to match and complement the B90+ Digital option.
For B90 Traditional, participants may purchase a B90 Bible and B90 Participant’s Guide (or both together). For B90+ Digital, there is no charge. Participants only need to become SA Subscribers to obtain free access to the B90+ email series, B90+ GuideBook, and the Essential Snapshot video series.
Prepare for the first meeting.
Decide which B90 version you’re going to use; print or digital. For B90 Traditional, we suggest you bring copies of the B90 print materials for participants to purchase. Let participants know about B90 material costs before the first meeting. For B90+ Digital, give participants the link to subscribe to B90+ (it’s free!). It’s also possible to integrate B90 and B90+ in a small group, it just takes a little extra logistics.
Publicize and promote the first meeting in advance.
When offering B90 or B90+, use email, fliers, your church bulletin, newsletter, or social media to spread the word. Feel free to download our B90/B90+ logos to include in your promotions. Also encourage participants to invite friends or family members to join them.
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 were 200 who were not even members of that church … they came from the surrounding community! You just never know who you might reach with Bible in 90 Days.
FAQs: know the answers.
Be prepared to answer most (or all) of the Frequently Asked Questions. Help your group members understand what materials they will need and what will be expected of them.
The B90 Leader’s Guide (B90 Traditional) provides a simple reader-accountability plan. For some, using a group accountability method may feel awkward, so an alternate approach is to 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. It’s important that you know your group—so 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 people, then divide it into two smaller groups. But be sure to ALWAYS watch the B90 videos together in the combined group. Appoint a discussion leader for each small group. In the B90 Participant’s Guide and B90+ GuideBook, you’ll find discussion “rules of engagement” that will help guide the discussion times. Remember: B90 is not a Bible study … it’s a read through the Bible. As the facilitator, always keep this in mind.
Set a finish date.
A finish date keeps everyone fixed on the same goal. People can join in later, but if they do, it needs to be early on, not weeks into the reading. Trying to join later is always a huge challenge for people to finish on time. Starting together, being on time, consistency, etc. sets up participants for success, and will minimize discouragement, dropouts, or failing to finish.
Many B90 groups celebrate the half-way mark (usually week 7) with refreshments. Even more groups plan a graduation party for their last meeting. It’s good to celebrate, so we’ve created B90/B90+ Completion Certificates for your graduates, which can be found here. Also encourage them to share their B90 experience here. Finally, graduates make great B90 advocates—perhaps some will launch new B90 groups!