Author Catherine Martin introduced a new online community this week: Ministryforwomen.ning.com. It has all the usual forum features like chatting and blogging, but it adds something unique: the ability to set up your own private discussion group for any Bible study or women's ministry that you lead. I wanted to see if this was an easy process, so I set up a discussion group for Praise Patterns. It was a simple two minute process.
In a few days I'll be introducing Praise Patterns at church and I'll beginn to facilitate a study there. I'm inviting all the women who attend to join my discussion group at Ministry for Women, but the online group is also open to anyone who has the book. There is no fee to join the online group, but you will need to order a book.
If you'd like to join the discussion group (and you've already ordered a book), just go to Ministryforwomen.ning.com, join the forum, go to the Groups section, look for "Praise Patterns Discussion Group" and request to join.
Here's the schedule of discussions:
Wednesday, September 8: Group officially opens! (You don't have to wait til then to join, though.) This week's theme is Introductions.
Tuesday September 14: Those of us who meet at Shadow Hills will get acquainted in person and begin our study at church.
Wednesday September 15: I'll begin posting a few notes on Chapter 1.
Jump in and discuss it with me! I'll also be reading the first three days of Reading through the Epistles. This is an optional part of the study (see the last page of the book).
Wednesday, Sept. 22 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 2
Wednesday, Sept. 29 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 3
Oct. 6 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 4
Oct. 13 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 5
Oct. 20 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 6
Oct. 26 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 7
this is a two week chapter because we do not meet at church on Nov. 2
Nov. 10 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 8
Nov. 17 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 9
Nov. 24 Begin reading and discussing Chapter 10