You might not know this name…but I think you will. If you haven’t checked out Chase: Chasing after the Heart of God, you need to. If you’ve never heard of Jennie Allen…you will. Chase if good stuff. Very good stuff.
Chase “explores the events that defined David’s life and the Psalms that flowed out of those experiences.” The study is put together in a way that will provide new insights into David’s own chase–what he found himself pursuing–while helping women discover what God really wants from them.
A DVD-driven study, the videos are each 8 to 12 minutes long. Just long enough to provide a foundation for the topic of conversation and study. If you’re used to the longer format teaching videos in many women’s studies, you might be tempted to think the videos aren’t long enough. Don’t. Featuring Jennie Allen and set in (of all places) Marfa, Texas, every session is captivating and will set up discussion very well.
The study guide is well written and is designed to provide the pre-meeting experience. A combination of the familiar dig into scripture homework along with thought-provoking and creatively designed projects skillfully prepares for a very engaging weekly meeting. The homework can be done over several days or on a single day.
The most intriguing aspect of the Chase study are the conversation cards. Designed to “provide a unique way of starting deep, honest conversations about what you’re chasing after,” I love the idea of the cards! Each of the 8 sessions have their own cards that help members begin with scripture and end with application. If you have a larger small group (or are meeting as a larger women’s Bible study) you can purchase additional decks of conversations cards.
The leader’s guide might be one of the most complete I’ve ever reviewed. Very well designed with lots of resources to help both brand new and experienced leaders facilitate the best experience possible for their members.
Whether you lead an off-campus women’s small group or are looking for a study that will work for your on-campus Bible study, Chase: Chasing after the Heart of God ought to be on your list to check out. I really like this study and I think you will too. Most important, this is a study that will help women chase the heart of God.