there is a thread somewhere else on Bible Study in Catholic parishes, and what people are looking for. It seems that the term means different things to different people.
I have heard people refer to many events or occassions as Bible Study:
sermon based on biblical text, where congregation looks up passages cited by the preacher
lectio divina - slow, meditative reading of a short scripture passage ending in prayer and contemplation
planned reading of a selected book of the bible in a study bible with notes, referring to a good commentary as your read, either alone or in a class or small group
small group discussion of a book or section of the bible, often initiated by a video presentation, using a published workbook of some type
college level class taught by an expert where participants take notes.
small faith sharing groups where a passage is proclaimed, often from the Sunday lectionary readings, and everyone has a chance to reflect and share how the Word proclaimed applies to their own lives.
in a youth ministry setting, any activity, game, guided meditation, etc. that is based on a scripture passage and aims to aide youth in reflecting on the message and making life applications.
So I am asking any Protestants of any, or no, denomination, to tell us what “Bible Study” means to you. What do you expect or look for when you sign up? What feeds you? Who do you prefer to lead a study, clergyman, lay expert or lay facilitator?