How do the online book studies work?
Our book studies are typically between six and eight weeks in length, to allow ample time to read through the selected book as a community.
Each week a blog post will be shared from one of our contributors that covers the weekly reading assignments and to help guide you in the exploration of the content. Members are encouraged to comment on the blogs to share their thoughts and to connect with the other participants. Blog comments are often used as entries for giveaways.
During studies, the community comes together on Thursday evenings at 9 p.m. EST to discuss the book, the lessons we’ve learned and how God is working through our lives. This is a great time to build community and sweet relationships with women around the world, all with different stories, yet so similar.
As a participant of the online book study, you will be welcome to join our online community on Facebook. This group is a place where the study comes to life. The leadership team provides guidance in developing relationships, and lends encouragement throughout the study. Members are encouraged to share inspirational and supportive messages with one another.
There are additional opportunities to connect with the other participants throughout the study, which are detailed in the blog.
Am I required to join the Facebook group?
At The Intentional Filling, we encourage you to participate at a level that is comfortable and works for you and your schedule.
So in short, no, you are not required to join, however, we strongly encourage you to do so, because it is there in our online community where connections and those special “me too” moments take place.
What if I don’t have Facebook?
Don’t fret! If you don’t have Facebook but would still like to connect with The Intentional Filling community, there are plenty of other opportunities to do so.
Also, we strongly encourage you to share your thoughts in the comment section of the blog to connect with others in that capacity as well.
How much time do I need to put into each study?
We strive to limit our reading assignments to 30 pages or less per week plus a blog post to expand upon the lessons learned.
We encourage our participants to do their best to keep up with the reading, in order to make the most out of the study, therefore, on average two to three hours a week should be devoted to reading the content and connecting with the community.
What if I can’t keep up with the pace?
At The Imperfect Vessel, we fully understand that schedules are not predictable and that life sometimes gets in the way of being able to fully participate in our studies. Please know that we will never criticize or judge you for falling behind in your reading, but rather encourage you to participate at the level that you are able to.
In fact, for our longer studies we often build in a Grace Week, when we take a week off reading assignments and instead focus on encouraging one another using the lessons we’ve learned up to that point in the study.
What does it cost to participate?
The only thing that it costs is your time. And we’re grateful that you’re willing to give some of it up to spend with us!
Is the book included?
The book is NOT included when registering for our online book studies. It is the responsibility of the participant to locate a copy of the book to read.
Books can be purchased from Amazon, your local book store, or borrowed from the library or a friend.
How do I sign up?
It’s easy! Visit our Online Book Studies page and scroll to find the book study you’re interested in and click the button that says “Pre-Register for this study”. You will be taken to a new page where you can fill out your contact information to register. You will receive a message via email confirming your registration.
Should you have any questions or problems with this process, please contact Bree.
How do I participate in the previous studies?
For your convenience, we have compiled all of our blog posts for each of our previous studies on their individual study pages. For example, you can read posts from our very first study, Let’s All Be Brave by visiting www.imperfectvessel.com/fall-2014.
You can access all of our previous studies at our Online Book Studies page. Just scroll to find the book study you’re interested in and click the button that says “Read the blog posts from this study”. You will be taken to a new page where you can click on each daily/weekly blog post to read at your convenience and pace.
How was The Intentional Filling started?
A sweet friend of mine posed a question one day that stopped me in my tracks.
“Have you ever considered leading a book study?” I had not and I immediately responded, “I don’t think I have the following necessary to make something like that happen.”
But that’s the thing with God, He doesn’t care about how many followers you have on Facebook or the number of people who receive your blog posts via email. If He wants to use you to further His kingdom, He’ll find a way to make it happen.
At first, I pushed aside the thought of hosting and leading such a study. I had done studies in the past with Proverbs 31 Ministries and She Reads Truth, both groups are lead by teams, TEAMS of people. I am just one blogger, so how was I ever going to be able to put together a worthwhile study for a group of women to enjoy?
As I tried to squash the idea and pretend that my friend had never mentioned it, a whisper to my heart told me that we all strive to be intentionally filled by something and that this study could help many to close that gap. We all have these God-shaped holes inside of us, and often times we fill the voids with the wrong things, sometimes destructive things.
The whisper didn’t let up. It said that a community of believers that encouraged one another could help many to find ways to intentionally fill those holes in a manner that is pleasing to Creator that placed them within.
Read more from the point of view of that sweet friend of mine, Staci Payne, a leader of The Intentional Filling.