This is the opening training session (68 minutes) where Randy Frazee and Shelley Leith discuss the vision of BELIEVE. Get the big idea of what BELIEVE is about and what it can do for your church. The entire training day (9 sessions) is included in the Resource Library, accessible using the code in your Church Resource Kit.
Randy Frazee shares as a pastor, to pastors:
1. You have the opportunity to cast the vision for the entire church, for an entire ministry season
2. You are offering something substantial that your people really want
3. BELIEVE gives pastors a pathway for 30 weeks, supported by an online sermon library
BELIEVE is an abridged chronology of what the Bible says from Genesis to Revelation on the 30 biggest ideas in the Bible.
Randy says yes…what pastor is going to prevent people from reading their Bibles?
Shelley disagrees, because the BELIEVE book has helps built into it that provide a more engaging reading experience of the Scriptures for the reader.
BELIEVE is a 30-week experience, which can be naturally broken up into three 10-week segments. Information is provided in other resources about doing BELIEVE in six 5-week segments as well.
It is optimal to have people read the book first, then come hear the pastor’s sermon on the chapter, and after the sermon talk about the chapter in their groups or classes.
It is optimal to teach the 10 beliefs first, the 10 practices second, and the 10 virtues third. They build upon one another, and there is a method or a system built into the sequencing.
BELIEVE has value for both new believers and long-time Christians. Even a mature Christian will make discoveries in terms of putting together a holistic theology of how to live the Christian life. The new believer can have the intimidation-factor of the Bible removed because BELIEVE teaches theological concepts by using stories from the Bible.
BELIEVE has great outreach potential. People in the community are desperate for these ideas. Even if people are invited to come partway through, it works! It’s possible to catch up if they want, but anyone will benefit regardless of when they join the series.
Seekers in any environment – suburban, urban, inner city – all have a common interest in these ideas. The Bible can be overwhelming, so boiling down these 30 big ideas into something that applies to our daily lives would interest anyone. And by embedding the truths in ‘story,’ Believe makes the content accessible across all cultures.
BELIEVE is optimal when done as a whole-church experience. But, families, small groups, children’s and teens Sunday School classes, women’s and men’s Bible studies, and online groups can all have a successful experience doing BELIEVE on their own. BELIEVE is customizable. NOTE: It can be helpful to have the support and resources of a church to train and equip those who are teaching these theological concepts.
Does the small group curriculum work if the whole church isn't doing BELIEVE? Is the theological oversight of a pastor essential?
It’s optimal to do BELIEVE within a church context, but there are support resources for groups offered in the BELIEVE online resource library that give them help if they are doing BELIEVE on their own. If the whole church isn’t ready to do BELIEVE together, it can be helpful to have a group of leaders or a particular class do BELIEVE first, and lead the way for the rest of the church.
Yes! BELIEVE gives a small church access to 30 weeks of resources that equip every department in the church, and supports the volunteers and the bi-vocational pastors who have limited time and budget. BELIEVE empowers people to invite their community to join in the BELIEVE experience, which could encourage growth.
When a parent is the discipler of their children, it’s more likely the child will continue to follow Jesus after they leave the home. BELIEVE equips parents to engage with their children about the Bible more effectively. BELIEVE actually began 25 years ago as a Frazee family memorization project where their 4 children were challenged to apply the 30 key ideas to the events of their day. The key ideas give children, teens and adults a language for their beliefs, which is an essential of true discipleship.
There are 7 hours of video training sessions for ministry leaders online in the Church Resource Library, which you gain access to when you purchase a BELIEVE Church Kit, covering the following topics:
3. Communication & Promotion
5. Christian Life Profile Assessment
6. Scripture Memorization
7. Adult Ministries
8. Student Ministries
9. Children’s Ministries
THE STORY plus BELIEVE together basically replicate the seminary experience. THE STORY is the equivalent of Old Testament and New Testament survey, except it’s a lot more fun! BELIEVE is the equivalent of the theology courses. Doing THE STORY first is optimal, because it gives the arc of whole story of God, then BELIEVE comes back and teaches the key ideas in the Bible.