Bible study groups serve as places of spiritual growth and community-building within churches. However, the effectiveness of this ministry is often determined by care that is given to the members of the group, especially to those who are absent. Reaching out to absentees in a Bible study group is a vital aspect of fostering a vibrant, inclusive, and supportive community. My friend and former colleague, David Francis, once wrote, “One of the things that sets apart a healthy Sunday School or small group ministry from a struggling one is a commitment to care for every person” (Shepherd: Creating a Caring Community, p.7).

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