An African Model For Bible Study
(or the Lumko method, after the Institute which promotes
This method involves using reading the same passage from the Bible
using different translations, beginning with an opening prayer.
A participant reads the first passage out loud, slowly. The group reflects
for about one minute, in silence, upon what word or phrase catches my
attention? Then, each shares his/her word/phrase **without comment**
and without adornment.
Another participant reads the same passage out loud using a different
translation. The group reflects for 3--5 minutes in silence on: where
does this passage touch my life? Then, each participant shares, beginning
with "I hear/see...."
A third participant reads aloud the same passage, from yet a different
translation. The group reflects for 3--5 minutes in silence: From what
I have heard and shared, what does God want me to be/do today? This week?
How does God invite me to change? Each person then shares, beginning
"I believe God wants me to...."
At the end, each participant prays for the person on his/her right,
praying only for what that person expressed in the prior step.
The Ignatian Method of Bible Study
Aim for about 50 minutes to an hour for the Bible study. Come back
together for about 20 minutes of sharing.
Bibles for each person
notebook/paper/pen for each
... or such reference books as available
(small group process)