I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is DevoHub, an online tool that allows churches to provide devotional content to their members and guests via mobile devices. Our Adult Ministry Team helped write this blog post.
In 2012, LifeWay Research surveyed almost 3,000 Protestant churchgoers to learn more about their Bible reading habits. The results were staggering—only 19% of them read the Bible daily. And yet, time in God’s Word is essential for a deeper relationship with Christ. According to multiple research projects I have been involved with (see books The Shape of Faith to Come and Transformational Discipleship), reading the Bible is the biggest predictor of spiritual growth.
As a church leader, you want to see your people grow in Christ. So how can you encourage daily Bible reading in your church?
1. Provide the reason.
Most people have to be motivated to do something; they need a why. As a church leader, you can give your people the why they need to be in the Word daily. Sadly, a lot of Christians treat their devotional time as a box to be checked on their to-do list. You, though, have the opportunity to teach people that Scripture reading is both a necessity and a privilege. We get to commune with our Creator, know His heart, learn His promises, and deepen our trust in Him. Is there anything better than that?
2. Provide the resource.
Most people say they do not invest time in the Bible because they’re just busy. But chances are, most of them have smartphones. Since the majority of people today consume content on their smartphones, why not provide your members with digital resources to help them spend daily time in the Bible?
There are hundreds of Bible and devotional apps out there. As a leader, you can ensure your people are reading content that is trustworthy and biblically sound. Resources like the CSB Bible app (link), which has a one-year and a three-year daily Bible reading plan, and DevoHub (link), which has daily devotional content for men, women, students, adults, and families, are great resources that will help your people get into the habit of spending time in the Word every day.
3. Provide the reminder.
We are naturally forgetful. In the book Leading Change, John Kotter says a company’s leadership must remind their employees of the vision statement often—sometimes even hour-by-hour—in order for it to sink in and for change to occur. Similarly, church leaders who want to see their members grow in Christ and in the discipline of daily Bible reading must remind them regularly of the importance of being in the Word. Regular reminders will help provide accountability, which will help your people create a habit of daily Bible reading. And as people start to see the reward of their habit—namely, a deeper relationship with Christ—they’ll be more likely to continue in it.
This week, we will be giving away a free one-year subscription to DevoHub for your church. Enter here or in the form below before 11:59pm CT tonight, February 8, 2017. We will notify the winner within a week via email.