Small group study resources/Bible studies

A hitchhiker’s trip through the Basis of Union—a study of the Uniting Church’s founding document (1997)

Agents of Grace—five Bible studies for groups (2006)

Called to plant a future—five Bible studies for Lent (2007)

Experiences of Jesus—five Bible studies for groups (2005)

Irresistible Revolution—A study based on Shane Claiborne’s book of the same name created for NCYC (2009)

Just Christmas—a three session series on joy and justice (2008)

Lent Event Bible Study (2020)

Side by Side: a study for the 35th anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia (2012)

We are the church—five Bible studies for groups (2004)

Winter Studies—five Bible studies for groups (2006)

The Library

Trinity Theological Library serves the Uniting Church. It is open to everyone, not just those studying theology.

Faith Stories

Faith Stories and Mission Stories are two DVD based resources prepared by the Uniting Church Synod of Queensland.

Both take the form of a number of short films sharing stories from congregations and faith communities and addressing the challenge of sharing faith stories, and growing mission.  They’re excellent resources for congregations looking to equip members to share faith stories, and to explore mission engagement together.

Each DVD has an accompanying discussion guide designed for use in small groups which you can download below by following the links.

Faith Stories is a short group-based course aiming to equip and encourage Christians to grow and share their faith. The course consists of eight sessions, each lasting between about 1.5 to 2 hours. Throughout this journey you’ll watch some stories, share experiences, study the Bible, pray together and discuss ideas. Between each session there are set homework assignments where you’ll get a chance to read and put your learning and discoveries into practice. Session titles are:

  1. An Introduction to Faith Stories
  2. Why Share Faith?
  3. Relationship – The Key to Faith Sharing
  4. Relationship Skills – Listening & Dialogue
  5. Identifying the Divine Clues
  6. Connecting Stories with Friends
  7. Coaching for Faith Response
  8. Discipleship in Community

Faith Stories course goals are:

  • To encourage, motivate and equip Christians to be proactive in communicating their faith in Jesus with their non-Christian friends.
  • To inspire Christians to grow their relationships with non-believers in their relational networks.
  • To motivate and equip Chritians to develop personal lifestyles and practices that facilitates authentic evangelism.
  • To develop communities of support and empowerment for relational evangelism.

Download the study guide here: Faith Stories Studies.

The Faith Stories DVD’s are currently available from mediacom.  Here’s the Faith Stories intro/promo:

Mission Stories

Mission Stories is a discernment resource designed to help church leaders discover more about  their God-given calling to local mission. The course consists of six sessions, each lasting  between about 1½ and 2 hours. Throughout the journey you’ll watch some inspiring stories,  share your own experiences, study the Bible, pray together and discuss ideas. Between each session you are encouraged to research and record information relating to your own local setting, as well as put your learning and discoveries into practice. The titles of the different sessions are:

  1. Mission in Context
  2. Gospel People
  3. Relational Disciples
  4. Partnering with God’s People
  5. Who are your peoples?
  6. Mission Together

Mission Stories course goals are:

  • To encourage Christian leaders to reflect on God’s mission in the world.
  • To inspire Christian leaders to explore the potential of the local church, in its various forms, for to embody the Christian gospel.
  • To equip Christians in discipleship in the context of everyday relationships.
  • To build partnership between congregations, agencies of the church, local community stakeholders and people who have become alienated from the institutional church.
  • To encourage cross cultural engagement in mission.
  • To affirm the holistic nature of mission as carried out by many expressions of the church.

Download the study guide here: Mission Studies.

Here’s the intro/promo video for Mission Stories: