BASIC ONLINE STUDY

Who is God? What is His plan for the church? Francis Chan focuses on these two central questions in his 7-week series, BASIC. We are hoping to have dozens of online groups watch the short videos and engage in discussion questions and prayer in our brand new online all-church (and anyone else who wants to join) study, beginning the week of April 26.

Online Communities

During the coronavirus outbreak BASIC groups will meet online using the Zoom video calling platform for a teaching and discussion.

7-Week Journey

BASIC is a seven-part series of short films (about 15 minutes each) relating to the nature of God and foundational truths for the Church.


What is the BASIC series?

It’s a seven-part series of short films by Francis Chan that sets out a Biblical understanding of what the church is supposed to be, as opposed to following current trends.  Each session consists of a 15-minute video followed by group discussion and opportunity for prayer.  The material addresses two primary questions: Who is God? and What is God’s plan for the Church? It covers themes such as Following Jesus, Fellowship, and Prayer.

Why are we doing this now?

There is a desire to unite the “scattered church” by having us all engage in a study that will help us connect better relationally and spiritually.  We also view this as an opportunity for intergenerational interaction and for getting better acquainted with new people. Additionally, there is the potential for deeper spiritual growth and the possibility of establishing new small groups for caring for one another into the future.

 How long is this series and when will it begin?

BASIC is a seven-week series.  Pastor Kurt will preach on the first theme on Sunday, April 26th and online groups will begin meeting that week at various times (Sunday – Saturday).

How will the BASIC study take place?

It will take place in small groups through a video conferencing platform called Zoom.  Each group will have a leader who will host the meeting. All of the group members will be able to see and hear each other on their computers, phones or mobile devices.  The video will be shown on Zoom, and the video is available on YouTube. Zoom is easy to use, and ever since the virus shutdown some classes and groups in our church have been using it on a regular basis.

What if someone doesn’t have a device that can use Zoom?

People can participate by phone.  They won’t be able to watch the video with the group, but they will be able to participate in the discussion.  As mentioned, the video is available on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXAvTGcTv3w&list=WL&index=4&t=0s.

What if someone wants to practice using Zoom?

There will be practice meetings on Wednesday, April 22nd  at 2:00 and 7:00; information will be contained in the church email communications.  Contact Pastor Ron, Pastor Dylan or Nicole with any questions.

What is the rhythm and format of this BASIC study?

The groups will meet once a week for about an hour.  Ater opening comments, welcome, and introduction, the group host will show the 15 min. video followed by approximately 35 minutes of group discussion and an opportunity for people to share prayer needs.

Who and how many people are in these groups?

Each group will consist of up to 8-12 people. This may include people from our church or individuals who don’t go to any church. They may live in our area or live in another town/state. The group may consist of people in similar life situations (for example: parents of 2020 grads, empty nesters, Purdue fans, military background, couples with kids, cancer survivors, family members, HS girls) or formed randomly from people you know or individuals from existing groups or from those who independently sign up online. 

Zoom has the capacity to enable breakout groups which could be used for larger groups or for groups that find it difficult for the entire gathered group to engage in discussion.  This feature might be of special interest for mixed groups when men and women want to have separate discussions.

How will the youth and children ministries be involved?

We are recruiting leaders also to host youth online small groups to go through this same BASIC seven-week series. Elementary-age and under will not participate in the video series, but we are working on providing some related materials for parents to use with them.  Keep watch for details and materials.

What happens if the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted?

The BASIC series will continue and each group can determine if they prefer to meet face to face, remain online, or do a combination of both.

What if I can’t attend each week?

People are encouraged to sign-up if they can participate in most sessions.  Videos can be watched independently if needed and Zoom has the capacity to record the sessions/discussions if agreed upon.

Are Sunday School classes or existing small groups participating or impacted?

This series is not replacing SS classes or existing groups, however, some online small groups might consist of individuals from those settings.  Sunday school teachers are not necessarily leading these groups, and individuals in classes should not wait for their teacher to initiate an online group.  Existing small groups may choose to participate together, but are not required to do so. People may determine on their own when and with whom they want to participate.  Remember, this is an opportunity for intergenerational interaction and for meeting new people.

Are Sunday School classes or existing small groups participating or impacted?

This series is not replacing SS classes or existing groups, however, some online small groups might consist of individuals from those settings.  Sunday school teachers are not necessarily leading these groups, and individuals in classes should not wait for their teacher to initiate an online group.  Existing small groups may choose to participate together, but are not required to do so. People may determine on their own when and with whom they want to participate.  Remember, this is an opportunity for intergenerational interaction and for meeting new people.

Who are the online group hosts/leaders?

Anyone can sign-up to be a BASIC online small group host.  These hosts can either invite others to be a part of their group or have the church assist with assembling a BASIC group. 

Will there be training for group hosts/leaders?

Yes, when we find out who the leaders are that will be scheduled.  By the way, this is a good opportunity for people to stretch themselves a little bit by volunteering to lead.

How can I sign up to participate in or to host (or co-host) a BASIC online group?

Click the sign up button below! You can indicate what day of the week and time works best for you.  We’ll do what we can to accommodate everyone who’s interested.