Contact: Larry Danforth
When he was appointed to WaKeeney and Prairie Home churches in 2011, Rev. Larry Danforth discovered the congregations had been meeting for Bible studies during the fall, winter and spring months. WaKeeney met at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Prairie Home met at 7 p.m. Thursdays.
“I decided to continue this ministry with one addition,” Danforth said.
He realized that if he only offered the Bible study in WaKeeney at 4 p.m., he would miss the people who work until 5 or 6 p.m. And if he only did one study at 7 p.m., he would miss the older people who don’t want to go out after dark. So, Danforth kept the 4 p.m. class and added an evening class in WaKeeney.
“Teaching three instead of two class sessions does involve a little more work, but the classes follow the same study schedule,” he said. “I was only doing one lesson a week for three different sessions. This also was an advantage for the people attending. If someone couldn’t attend their regular session, they could attend one of the other sessions and not miss the lesson for that week.”
The results of the study have been an increase in attendance by people who have not been able to attend a Bible study before, and the study is reaching some people who aren’t able to attend worship on Sunday morning.
At the beginning of the study, Danforth handed out a study schedule listing the parts of scripture that would be covered each week.
“I encouraged every participant to read the passages for study before they came to class,” he said. “The goal was two-fold. First, people would be reading the scriptures. Second, they would be ready to engage in discussion and even bring some questions of their own.”
Danforth said those attending are actively participating in the discussions and are able to profess their beliefs, their doubts and their journey.