This past school year, over 800 educators participated in either the fall or spring session of the Awakened Devotional Bible Study for Christian Educators. We had a beautifully diverse group of participants from all over the world sharing their struggles, victories, and prayer requests, and I thank God for that. I am especially grateful for the small core group of people who commented faithfully and worked to build a sense of community and fellowship as they offered to pray for one another and followed up on each others' prayer requests. I feel very blessed to have learned from these wonderful teachers' experiences and the stories they shared about what God was revealing to them.
For the next study, I'm going to structure things a bit differently. There are 26 devotions in the book, and at one devotion a week, that's an extremely long Bible study. I found that participation dropped off significantly as the months went on, especially with the craziness that comes with the school year. So this time around, we're going to do an intense, month-long study in July with the goal being transformational change and a renewed mind and spirit for the fall.
We'll tackle one devotion each day during July, taking Sundays off. Each day, you'll have the chance to read the devotional and the related chapter in Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching. I'll send out a daily post which you can get via email or feed reeder if you'd like. It will have the reflection questions and videos/lyrics for songs that correlate with the day's message. You can respond in the private blog community, sharing as much or as little as you'd like about your reflections, prayer requests, and whatever God is teaching you. You can comment daily, chime in occasionally, or participate only by reading--whatever works best for you! I would recommend setting aside 30-75 minutes per day for the study. If you fall behind, pick up where you left off whenever you have time.
The group is free to join, and the sign up form is here. After signing up, make sure you check your email for a confirmation link. If you don't click that, you won't be able to access the group! Sometimes the invitations get sent to spam folders, so if you don't see it in your inbox within 24 hours, check your junk mail and then let me know the invite didn't arrive.
You'll need to purchase both Awakened and the devotional, which can be ordered through Amazon or through my website (where the total for both including Priority Mail shipping is $35.00). Or, you can get the eBook versions which are delivered immediately after purchase for a total of $20. Email me if you'd like group discount information. Technically, you could just use the devotional, but I think you'll get much more out of the study if you also read Awakened.
If you have any non-Christian friends who you think would enjoy reading Awakened without the devotional guide, an Awakened Summer Book Club will be running on the same dates in July--feel free to pass that link on to them.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how God speaks to us in this group through one another and through His word, and I'm grateful for the Christian teachers I know He's bringing together to strengthen and encourage one another. Hope to see you there!