Kaleidoscope Bible Study

You don’t need a PhD in the Bible to lead this 30-minute bible study, just a few minutes of preparation and the intention to listen for God with others.

Pastor Clark adapted  this guide from the Kaleidoscope Institute website. You also may find this listing of weekly scripture helpful, along with this PDF handout.

Gathering

  • Read the Respectful Communication Guidelines (see at left) and invite members of the group to affirm them for their time together.
  • Inform participants that the Bible passage will be read 3 times. After each reading, participants will be invited to share their reflections.

Study

First read: Invite participants to capture a word, a phrase or image when listening to the passage the first time.

  • Invite someone to read the passage.
  • A moment of silence to capture a word, a phrase or image that stood out from the passage for them.
  • Using Mutual Invitation, invite each person to share his or her word, phrase or image briefly. (This should take no more than 5 minutes.)

Second read: Invite participants to consider the second question appointed for this passage. (Facilitator should prepare ahead of time a question that is relevant to participants’ context. Each week, on his blog, Eric H. F. Law suggests questions.)

  • Invite someone to read the passage a second time.
  • A moment of silence to reflect on the question.
  • Using Mutual Invitation, invite each person to share his or her reflection.

Third read: Invite participants to consider the following question while listening to the passage again. “What does God invite you to do, be or change through this passage?”

  • Invite someone to read the passage a third time.
  • A moment of silence to reflect on the question.
  • Using Mutual Invitation, invite each person to share his or her reflection.

Prayer

End the session with a prayer circle: Invite participants to join hands in a circle. Invite each person to mentally complete the sentences:

I thank God today . . .
I ask God today . . .

The leader will begin by sharing his or her prayers. After he or she has shared, the leader then squeezes the hand of the person to the right. That will be the signal for the next person to share his or her prayers. If the person does not want to share, he or she can simply pass the pulse to the next person. When the pulse comes back to the leader, he or she can begin the Lord’s Prayer and invite everyone to join in.


All Saints’ New Vision Team begins its meetings with this bible study process. It was developed by Eric H. F. Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute and introduced at All Saints beyond the New Vision Team by Rev. John Beck at his Feb 2014 “Redeeming Congregational Conflict” workshop. 

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