How it works

Groundwork materials train people in the core areas of Bible and theology, character and relationships, and church and world. They’re available in various formats (paperbacks, digital downloads, and audio).

Following Jesus Studies are Bible studies with 4–6 sessions, designed to be used in a small group in church, on campus, in the workplace, etc.

Groundwork Courses have 9 sessions with readings and exercises. They can be used in any number of ways to fit within your normal life, including:

A church-wide training programme — a single course in a year

A church chooses a single Groundwork course to use over a year. A pastor or other leader runs different groups through it each term. For example, a church has twelve small-group Bible studies. Each school term, three of those small groups pause their normal programme and instead come together one evening a week for a training seminar. The leader runs an interactive seminar: he facilitates discussion, gives his own perspective on issues raised in the notes, and helps participants concretely apply the material in their local context. Over the course of a year, the whole church has been well taught on a particular topic.

A church-wide training programme — multiple courses in a year

A church runs Groundwork all year, covering a different course each school term. Church members sign up for as many courses per year as they wish. They're encouraged to do the reading themselves each week at home, and then they gather for two hours on a Sunday afternoon to discuss with their pastor.

A Bible study group

The members of a weekly Bible study group decide to do a Groundwork course together for a term. They read the material during the week, then meet to discuss on Tuesday evenings. They focus on any questions they have from the material, and applications for them and their church community. Some people elect to do the assignment and e-mail it to their pastor for feedback.

Part of an apprenticeship

Some young people are doing a 'gap year’ programme with their church. They’ve set aside a day a week for theological input. They read the course materials together in the morning, pausing to discuss the included reflection questions and to do the exercises. They have lunch together, then meet with a trainer to discuss the materials for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

For more ideas, download the free resource
How to run a Groundwork session