The Bible Study/Discipleship team exists to provide consultations, training, special events, tools and resources to help Texas Baptist congregations develop Acts 1:8 believers.
“Transformational Church" is a new church revitalization process developed by LifeWay Christian Resources. Lifeway team members had conversations and interviews with over 7,000 congregations from various denominations to determine what they are doing to cause transformation in the lives of their congregations. As a result of this ground-breaking research, LifeWay has produced the Transformational Church book, consultant training and church assessment tool. Learn more about Texas Baptist's Transformational Church consultants and consulting services for your church. Learn more...
BaptistWay Press provides low-cost and no-cost Bible study materials. Materials for adult Bible study are available in seven languages and are packaged in 13-lesson undated quarterlies for use at any time. Each study includes a teaching guide, a student guide and a large-print student guide. You can also access study materials for preschool and school-aged children, as well as youth. Many of these lessons can be downloaded for free. Learn more...
The Baptist General Convention of Texas and NavPress are pleased to announce a strategic discipleship partnership that will assist churches with discipleship resources and content needs. As part of this relationship, churches will be able to receive a 10% discount on all orders placed with NavPress by using a special code exclusively for them. The code can be used on NavPress.com or by calling 800.366.7788 and speaking with a customer service representative.
10% off any order – Code – D12L24QB6
As our strategic discipleship resource provider, we are excited to recommend NavPress to serve you and hope you will consider NavPress resources for your discipleship ministries. Learn more...
BGCT Bible Study/Discipleship Team and Renovaré announce Strategic Spiritual Formation Partnership. Learn more about discounts on print and electronic materials and select events available from our new Spiritual Formation partner. Learn more...
LifeWay is a recognized provider of curriculum materials, training resources, discipleship tools, and much more. Learn more...
Sunday School | Small Groups
Our staff can work with you via one-day consultations to help your church improve growth and development of Bible study, Sunday School and small groups. We can also assist you in developing discipleship, and youth, children and pre-school ministry during a half-day consultation. These consultations are provided at no charge to BGCT churches.
Acts 1:8 Sunday School Award
This new associational and state recognition recognizes churches for excellence in Sunday School work in four crucial areas; increase in the numbers of Sunday School prospects, increase in Sunday School enrollment, increase in the numbers of Sunday School leaders trained, and starting new Sunday School units. Churches and associates can download the reporting forms by clicking here.
Click on the following areas to download ideas and suggestions for your Sunday School in the following areas:
We will continue to add additional resources and tools to assist you in these areas. Additionally, our team is available for on-site consultations and/or training for your Sunday School. Give us a call at (214) 828-5203 or toll free (888) 244-9400, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to discuss coming to your church or association to provide customized training.
For questions related to the Acts 1:8 Sunday School Awards, contact Keith Lowry at email@example.com.
Children's and Youth Bible Drills will help the children in your congregation increase their knowledge of the Bible by memorizing key Scriptures, locate books of the Bible and key passages, learn how to apply the Bible to their lives, learn verses that are fundamental to understanding Baptist distinctives, and more. Learn more...
Here you'll find a wide variety of online Bible-study tools and resources to assist you in your weekly preparation & study, and which you can share with others to assist them in becoming “discovery learners". Learn more...
Through individual planning meetings with associational leaders, we ask the simple question, “What do your churches need?" The results have ranged from age-group training events and pastor's roundtable discussions to individual on-site church consultations, Vacation Bible School training and a variety of customized growth projects. Let us know how we can respond to the particular needs of the churches in your association. We're ready to come for a visit! Learn more...
Additional Ministry Partners
Learn about additional ministry partners.
Adult Sunday School
Downloadable Tools and Resources
PDF resources you can instantly download to help your group right now.
When Do We Drop Someone from the Roll?
9 Questions for Choosing Curriculum
30 Things we know for sure about adult learning
150 Ways to Discover prospects for your Sunday School
Adult Sunday School Department Job Descriptions
Are You Killing Sunday School Outreach
Bible Translation Reading Levels
Building a Contagious Church – value of small groups
Checklist for Starting New Units
How to evaluate Sunday School literature for adults
How to get first time guests to return
How to have a Full SS Blanks filled in
How to Prepare a Sunday School/Bible Study Lesson (with Transformational Teaching Goals)
Involving Sunday School Members in Outreach
It's All in a Name -- naming and describing adult groups
Key Competencies needed to be an Effective SS Director
Learning Styles Test
Our Generational Palette
Outreach Ideas for Smaller Churches
SS Teacher's Application and Covenant
Sunday School Class Care Group Leaders Guide
Sunday School or Small Groups
The Spiral Evaluator
The Value of Small Groups
The Work of the Sunday School Council
Outreach – great tools to help your group (and church), communicate your message in a positive way to your community.
Family – to provide a wide variety of tools/resources/encouragement to your adults in their roles in the family. Marriage, parenting, divorce care/prevention, and much, much more will be found on these pages.
Recent Books & Other Resources
Christian Education Leadership – Making Disciples in the 21st Century Church – Don't miss this exceptional book, edited by Texas Baptist's own Dr. Bernie Spooner, and written by 20 well-known Christian leaders such as Jim Denison, Judy Morris, Doug Powell, Royce Rose, Jeter Basden, Dwayne Ulmer, Robby Barrett, and many more, on Christian education, with the emphasis on making disciples as Jesus instructed. This volume addresses spiritual formation for all age groups and gives guidance on how to develop an effective church discipleship ministry.
Sunday School Done Right - by Alan Taylor. This great six session training resource is a gold-standard training tool for Sunday School Leaders. Includes a DVD with Six 30-minute sessions, a DVD with ten 5 to 7-minute training messages, a 10-minute preview of all six sessions, an Audio CD kit, a participant's book and a leader's Guide, and a promotion kit of posters, ads and clip art.
How to Lead a Great Cell-Group Meeting – so People WANT to Come Back – by Joel Comiskey
Creative Bible Teaching – by Lawrence Richards & Gary Bredfeldt
Created to Learn – A Christian Teacher's Introduction to Educational Psychology – by William R. Yount
Creating Community – Five Keys to Building a Small Group Culture – by Andy Stanley & Bill Willi