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David Francis and Ken Braddy examine 3 roles carried by the person responsible for a small Bible study group.

3 Roles for Guiding Groups  - David Francis

David Francis and Ken Braddy examine 3 roles carried by the person responsible for a small Bible study group. The challenge faced by the person responsible is how to grow in all 3 roles as teacher, shepherd, and leader. David and Ken will help group guides better understand what it means to be the teacher who “stands before,” the shepherd who “sits among,” and the leader who is ultimately responsible for carrying out the goals and purposes of the group.


Ken Braddy is manager of Adult Bible Studies, Magazines & Devotionals at Lifeway Christian Resources. Prior to that, he served churches in Texas leading their Bible study ministries. Ken and his wife, Tammy, recently began a new adult Bible study group in their church in Murfreesboro, TN.

David Francis is Director of Sunday School at Lifeway Christian Resources. Before joining Lifeway in 1997, he served as minister of education at First Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. David and his wife, Vickie, love teaching preschool Sunday School and are helping start a new adult class in their church in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

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The booklet can be secured in various formats. You can purchase a printed copy for $2.00. You can also download a free ePub for use with Lifeway Reader or a free PDF of the booklet below, distributing it as print or digital.

Resources have been developed to help church leaders train group guides in their church.

Age-group and general conference plan bundles are provided as compressed ZIP files. Each bundle includes a teaching plan (DOC), handouts (PDF), and a presentation file (PPT).

Presentation backgrounds (JPG) are supplied so leaders can make custom announcements and build their own presentations for training their leaders.

Nametag master (PDF) has been developed that supports 3 Roles for Guiding Groups. Use with Avery 5390 (or compatible) nametags.

Clip Art (ZIP) has been provided to create announcements and other promotional resources.

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3 Roles booklet 282 KB
Adult Conference Package 9.6 MB
Student Conference Package
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Kids Conference Package 1.6 MB
PowerPoint Backgrounds 13 MB
Nametags - Avery 5390 73 KB
Clip Art 3.6 MB