Two students recently began leading weekly Bible studies on campus.
Joey Simpson and Melaina Riley, religion sophomores, are each leading student Bible studies once a week.
The student led Bible study groups are new this year. Previous Wesley Center directors led Bible studies, but the Rev. Rodney Newman, director of religious life, said he hopes students leading them will create a more inviting environment for other students.
“I am not attending these meetings on purpose because I think it will be much less intimidating if it is done by students for students,” Newman said. “We believe it will be more effective if they are being led in the dorms where students are, and that this will make it more convenient.”
The two groups offer different curriculums students can study.
Simpson’s group is discussing the book Love Does by Bob Goff.
“We chose it because it’s about putting love into action,” Simpson said. “A lot of times we talk about love like it’s only a feeling, but it’s a verb too. We’re just trying to learn how to love people and love God.”
Simpson’s study meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Cokesbury Clubhouse.
A student who attended this group said he enjoys the curriculum.
“It felt really honest about where people were at and helping people grow together through Christ,” said Judah Maxwell, kinesiology junior.
Riley’s group is looking at different passages in Ecclesiastes, in the Hebrew Bible, each week.
“I chose Ecclesiastes because it is not a very popular or well-known book,” Riley said. “But it has some really great and encouraging things in it.”
Riley’s study meets at 8 p.m. Thursdays in Walker Hall dormitory.
The discussion based meetings are about an hour and are student-only. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend. Walker Hall’s doors will be open on Thursdays for anyone wanting to attend.
For more information, email Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Riley at email@example.com.