Welcome to the Covenant Community Bible Experience
Read big. Read real. Read together.
The Evangelical Covenant Church is excited to announce a Covenant-wide effort launching in 2016 to be “People of the Book” together! We encourage you and your church to join us on an unforgettable journey–to reignite our passion for the Scriptures. Sponsored by Make and Deepen Disciples.
What is Community Bible Experience and how does it work?
Community Bible Experience is a different way to read the Bible: less like a reference book, more like a story.
CBE is a lot simpler than most Bible studies or church-wide campaigns. It consists of a few basic ingredients—a Bible unlike any other, a 40-day reading plan, and five discussion questions:
- What’s something you noticed for the first time?
- What questions did you have?
- Was there anything that bothered you?
- What did you learn about loving God?
- What did you learn about loving others?
Watch the video to learn more.
What’s included and what does it cost?
Community Bible Experience has everything you need to read big: print and digital editions of The Books of the Bible for each participant, daily videos, resources for kids and families, and tools to help you plan and promote your campaign. See below for a full list.
The only cost is for the hard copy Bibles at $5 each which includes shipping.
($6 USD per Bible for Canada churches.)
Books are available now. Click here to order today.
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When does this begin?
Covenant Community Bible Experience is designed to be completed in 40 days or 8 weeks.
There will be two Covenant Community Bible Experience campaigns – one in Fall 2016 and one in Spring 2017 (Lent).
Choose the campaign that works best for your congregation. Materials will be available starting in late spring / early summer.
September 25, 2016
February 19, 2017
Your Own Start Date
Select a Start date that fits your schedule
What are Covenant pastors saying?
“If we believe the Word of God is the Living Word and is transformative then we believe it has the power to speak to us today and to transform lives: this is exactly what happened in the lives of our congregation at DeerGrove. People were ignited with the Scriptures and shared in story in a unique and amazing way. People still talk about it frequently and we are excited to enter into Community Bible Experience again, this time along with our whole Covenant Family.”
Pastor, DeerGrove Covenant Church, Palatine, IL
“The Community Bible Experience was a blessing for Oakdale Covenant Church. We have always had strong participation in our Bible Study experiences. But when we added the Community Bible Experience, it ignited our Wednesday Bible Study. CBE allowed for a fresh look at some familiar scriptures and the discussion questions certainly increased verbal participation. I would highly recommend CBE.”
Pastor, Oakdale Covenant Church, Chicago, IL
“I am a fan of CBE because it provides a practical method for people to read the entire New Testament (or Old Testament) to engage the grand narrative of the Bible. CBE also encourages biblical community as small groups and whole churches read and discuss the same sections of Scripture together. We believe a Covenant-wide Community Bible Experience will take us back to the future as our immigrant revival movement flourished by reading the Bible together in community. The baseline questions of “Where is it written?” and “How goes your walk?” will re-emerge to make and deepen disciples throughout the entire ECC.”
Superintendent, Midsouth Conference
A fresh tool for outreach and evangelism
Community Bible Experience is also a great tool for evangelism and outreach! Special CBE resources including Outreach Tips and Invitation Cards will encourage participants to invite friends and family to be part of Community Bible Experience.
Watch how one church (Liquid Church, New Jersey) saw many people become new followers of Jesus through the CBE initiative in this video.
Participating churches have experienced a transformation — not just in Bible reading, but in overall vitality. For example, Liquid Church in New Jersey saw their small group participation increase from 50 to 65 percent. More than 200 people gave their lives to Christ during their campaign, and over 3,000 people read the New Testament.
Sign up for the Covenant Community Bible Experience
Sign up below to receive full access to the Covenant Community Bible Experience. This includes the daily (40 day) campaign videos and resources by email. There’s a 30- to 60-second video providing some helpful context for each day’s reading, as well as a 2- to 3-minute video introduction to each book or section of books. We will also provide unique resources to foster covenant connection and heritage as “people of the book”.
The daily emails will be available the first week of September.