Explorer's Bible Study Classes
Over thirty years ago, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Constance had a vision for Bible study classes where individuals could come together—not under the banner of a church or denomination—but under the common banner of Jesus Christ. Together they would read and study God’s Word, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to illuminate the truths of Scripture in a structure that encouraged disciplined, systematic study. Today there are classes and small groups through the US and in other parts of the world using our curriculum and study methods. Through the power of His Word, many lives have been changed—families strengthened—and communities impacted, as individuals applied what they have discovered and learned. Helping to organize, promote or teach an Explorer's Bible Study class can have an immeasurable impact on individuals in your community. Lives are touched through the power of God's Word. Explorer's seeks to be an effective tool to provide spiritual healing, restore marriages, strengthen families, and empower churches to do the work of God's kingdom.
Almost all of our classes are comprised of members representing many different denominations. The focus of our study is reading, studying, exploring, and sharing with one another what God, through His Holy Spirit has shown us in His Word. We make a special effort to leave our denominational "hats" at the door—seeing each other as fellow believers seeking to know His will for our lives. Our curriculum does not seek to impose specific doctrinal teachings, choosing instead to lead the student to discover what the Bible says for themselves. Classes meet in various churches, but we are not endorsed, sponsored, or associated with any particular church or denomination.
We believe that the key to a successful class is training and direction given to class teachers and leaders. Explorer's holds a major training event every other summer. Class leaders from around the country come together for our Leadership Training Conference for support, fellowship, and training to make their classes the best they can be. Other support is offered through Leadership Manuals, video training tapes, and through our dedicated staff at headquarters by phone or in person.
We provide a Leadership Manual that contains the general guidelines and structure for developing and operating an Explorer's Bible Study class. These guidelines are not meant to be unyielding, rigid rules that cannot be broken; rather they are designed to provide a framework and boundaries that we have found essential for a successful class. The guidelines are developed based on many years of experience and reflect tried and true principles that will make the Explorer's experience one that is enjoyable and sought after by students.
We require that each teacher and assistant teacher be approved prior to assuming leadership. Each teacher and leader must subscribe to the basic understanding of the Christian faith as outlined in our Statement of Faith. (A copy of our Teacher's Application Form can be downloaded in PDF format) Video Taped lectures are available for classes without a qualified Teacher. Please contact us for details about this option.
We are often asked if we have a size requirement and the answer is NO. Since our founding, our desire has been to make quality Bible study materials available to smaller towns and communities. We have successful classes with as few as 10 members. Guidelines regarding the way the class functions are tailored to work best for each class based on its size.
Explorer Bible Study provides materials for a childrens program for infants through age 5. Often providing a children’s program makes it possible for young mothers to attend class. Explorer's Classes can meet at various times:
• Weekday mornings - meeting 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
• Lunch time classes - meeting 12:05 to 12:55 during lunch hour
• After-work classes - meeting late afternoon (5:00-6:00 p.m. for example)
• Evening classes - men's, couples, or mixed group classes meeting from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Mondays and Thursdays are popular choices)
How to Get Started
If you are interested in getting started, we would ask that you contact us by phone or e-mail so that we can get you a packet of information and an easy to follow step by step “How to Get Started Manual.” Our staff will be glad to work with you in any way possible to make a class in your community a reality.