The primary function of the communal layer is to indeed be in community, discussing, studying, and experiencing Scripture together. The year itself is fast moving so having a place to dialogue and reflect with others is important to enable engagement with the story of God. We created the guided material below in such a way that anyone can facilitate a gathering. Questions range from highly intellectual to tenderly personal to intentionally practical. The small group element of YOBL is meant to take place regularly, ideally on a weekly basis.
The goal is not just intellectual knowledge but rather true and beautiful connection with Jesus and your community. Each material is meant to be finished in 90 minutes and has time guidelines suggesting how long to spend on each section. You can read in more detail the goal of the material and a breakdown of the major elements in the User’s Guide to the Communal Layer.