One of the biggest challenges many churches face today is finding resources to help their members grow in their faith. Joanne Ellison and Drawing Near to God Ministry has a vast array of resources for churches nationwide so that their women and small groups may be Inspired, Equipped and Empowered in the word of God.
Here are 2 ways that Drawing Near to God can resource your church or small group:
If you are in the Charleston area, invite your congregation’s women to attend our weekly Teaching & Worship Experience, with live teachings from Joanne Ellison.
The Teaching & Worship Experience is a weekly immersion into the word of God, where Joanne challenges women to declutter their lives and make space for God.
The Teaching & Worship Experience is divided into two 13-week semesters – Fall (September through December) and Winter/Spring (January through April).
In the Fall 2018 season, Joanne will be teaching a study she has written, Isaiah: A Book of Comfort. In the Winter/Spring 2019 semester, Joanne will teach two additional studies that she has written –Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses (3 weeks) and Living in God’s Presence (10 weeks).
No matter where you are located, your church can host a “Community Group” at your church or in a member’s home to stream Joanne Ellison’s weekly teachings or another Bible Study written by Joanne at any time that is convenient for your church’s women.
This fall, Joanne will be teaching a study she has written, Isaiah: A Book of Comfort. In the Winter/Spring 2019 semester, Joanne will teach two additional studies that she has written –Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses (3 weeks) and Living in God’s Presence (10 weeks). All will be live-streamed.
In addition to these studies, Joanne has written over 20 more Bible studies in both topic-based and book-based formats, with accompanying teachings via streaming or DVD. Each study varies in length and format, so it is easy to choose a study that fits the needs of your group.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What studies are available?
A: A downloadable list of Joanne’s studies can be viewed here and purchased in our online store where study guides and accompanying DVD/CD sets can also be ordered. You can also see which studies are available via streaming here. There is no cost to stream Joanne’s past studies (current studies require a streaming license, which costs $45).
Q: How many people do I need to start a Community Group?
A: There is no minimum requirement to start a Community Group – they all vary in size, life stage, etc. All you need is a group of women who want to meet together to Make Space for God in their lives and enjoy fellowship together!
Q: What is livestreaming?
A: Livestreaming permits you to watch an event over the Internet. With livestreaming, you can tune in to exactly what is going on at our Teaching & Worship Experience. It is a live audio and video “stream” of the worship from our worship leader, Julianna Fletcher, and teaching from our founder, Joanne Ellison. All sessions are also recorded for viewing at a later date and time.
Q: What is needed to view livestreaming?
A: Simply put, all you need is a device on which to view the stream, audio capability and an Internet connection. A wired connection is highly recommended for HD connection but wireless will work as well for many users. The recommended minimum connection speed for normal viewing is 700 Kbps and for HD viewing is 5 Mbps.
The recommended equipment for viewing varies by audience and how you are viewing.
Recommended Equipment for Individuals:
- Computer or mobile device with internet connection
- Audio capabilities with speakers or headphones
Recommended Equipment for Group of 1-10 People:
- Computer with internet connection
- TV to hook up to computer
- Cord to connect TV to computer (Visit Best Buy’s website for recommendations on selecting the appropriate cord)
Recommended Equipment for Group of 10+ People:
- Computer with internet connection
- SD or HD Projector
- Powered speakers to connect to your computer’s headphone/speaker output or Bluetooth powered speakers
- Projection screen