Why Start a Church Group Reading Plan? 4 Good Reasons

Recently, a guest speaker came to our church for a conference, bringing with him stacks of books he’d authored. Even though our church is small, at the end of the three-day event, every book was sold. People were hungry to read about grace, faith, and the Holy Spirit—hungry to understand the Word in ways they hadn’t before.

What could be better?

Reading those books together.

It’s one thing to dig into Scripture and a good book; it’s another thing to share your thoughts and questions with others reading alongside you. The power of a group reading plan is that you go through a process of transformation together. That’s not the only benefit, either; here are four more.

1. Accountability

Most of us intend to read the Bible and spiritually nourishing books more. But somehow the day gets away from us before we turn many pages—or any at all. When you’re following a reading plan with your church or small group, whether in a hard-copy book or digitally, there’s encouragement to stay consistent.

Following a digital reading plan has a few extra benefits. For one, with a single tap you can jump from the plan to your book, and you’ll know exactly when to start and end each day. Plus, you can switch between devices as often as you need to since your progress will be automatically synced. And if you miss a day? Simply skip to where you’re supposed to be or adjust the reading plan to catch up with everyone else.

2. Encouragement

So often, people feel alone in their questions. But if they could hear or see others’ questions, they’d know they aren’t. While traditional book clubs offer a chance for in-person discussion, sometimes distance, busy schedules, or global pandemics make that difficult.

With a digital book and shared digital notebook accessible 24/7, such as what Faithlife offers, each reader can see their pastor’s, small group leader’s, and fellow church members’ questions and comments on references, words, or paragraphs. Together, you can start discussions, explore answers, and start overcoming struggles.

What’s more, those less comfortable speaking up in person can type in questions and comments, contributing just as much as the most outspoken person in your church.

3. Guidance

With 66 books of infinite wisdom, plus the overwhelming number of books on spiritual formation and every imaginable theological topic, where do you start? With reading plans, pastors and small group leaders can easily provide recommendations for deeper learning on particular passages and doctrines.

4. Unity

Reading the same books creates a unique connection. When you meet a stranger who’s read a book you love, suddenly they feel like a friend. And when you’re reading the same books at the same time with your church family, that connection is vastly stronger. You’re almost guaranteed a wealth of conversation topics—and opportunities to grow.

With life’s burdens and distractions, we all need to set aside time to focus on what matters most. In times of disunity, we need unity. Get your small group or congregation on the same page—by getting them into the same pages.

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With Logos 9 and your church’s group(s) on Faithlife, you can enjoy every benefit mentioned in this article. You can:

  1. Pick from nearly 70 complete (and completely free) Bible reading plans.
  2. Choose any Bible passage, then generate a shareable custom reading plan.
  3. Purchase any book at logos.com, then generate a shareable custom reading plan right from your Logos library.
  4. Share a digital notebook with your group so everyone can see each others’ comments, questions, and highlights.

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Mary Jahnke

Mary Jahnke is a content marketing specialist. She has a background in marketing, especially for Christian education, and feels blessed to serve the Church at Faithlife.

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