Are you getting the best out of your study purchases or subscription on The Thoughtful Christian? Following are some tips to make sure you do:
1. Use the Site Map
An updated list of Thoughtful Christian studies for adults and/or teens is found at the bottom of the site. Click on the age group you wish to review and a Word file will download with studies grouped according to subject. Many groups take this list and pick upcoming studies they wish to use.
2. Gift Ideas for Visitors and Members
Make additional copies of the Participant Handout of any study and leave them in the Narthex so that visitors and members can take them home to read. Advent and Lenten studies are excellent for study and devotion either in a group or read at home. Remember, any study purchased or downloaded as part of a subscription may be copied unlimited times for use within your church membership.
3. Create logins for five users
Subscribers may add up to five users per subscription who are members of the church. Each user has her or his own login and password. Many pastors like to read studies for sermon preparation or review. Sunday school teachers may need a few studies to fill in gaps during breaks in curriculum. Thoughtful Christian group leaders can manage their own topic selection and downloads.
4. Designate a point person on the account who distributes studies to anyone in the church.
Designate one person in your church to receive requests from members who wish to see studies not offered in a class format. The designated person should be one of the registered users of the subscription and can download requested studies and either send them to members as attachments to an email or download and print it for them.
5. Share parenting studies
Download appropriate parenting studies and give them to the parents of young children and teens.
6. Use our retreat and study packs
Planning a retreat and needing something to discuss? Our retreat designs help leaders facilitate one, two, and three day retreats using Thoughtful Christian studies and study packs.
7. Create a study group
Create a Thoughtful Christian group in your church. Print out a list of studies (See 1 above) and allow the group to pick what they wish to study for the next few months. Share leadership from amongst the group. The leader of an upcoming study is responsible for distributing the Participant Handouts to members the week before and using the Leader’s Guide to prepare to lead the session. Remember, the Leader’s Guides for every session are written to help any lay person facilitate a 45 minute discussion of the handout.