CYAS Introduces a New Bible Study Format
Paul Spotts recently introduced a new kind of Bible study for the participants of CYAS. Adam Henrichs and Matilda Asuza were part of a leadership group led by Paul this summer, and they have now formed their first Bible study groups. Their first study focused on one specific book, and each group met for 6 weeks. As the Bible studies continue, Adam plans to go deeper into the study of manhood by reading different stories in different parts of the Bible. He believes this study will take about two months.
Matilda would like to carry on with the general focus she established with the first two books her group read in their Bible study--Signs and Wonder and The Way. Signs and Wonder considers the everyday relationships we maintain in our daily lives and how these relationships translate to our relationship with Jesus. The Way goes a bit deeper and addresses building the relationship we have with Jesus. Matilda adds that members of her Bible study are already making suggestions for other books they should read, which encourages her because it means the study is keeping people interested and eager to learn more.
Adam has participated in other Bible studies, but never in one centered on the Catholic faith. Matilda actually had started attending another CYAS Bible study before beginning her own. Matilda joked that when she first went to the small group it was not what she was expecting.“I thought it was going to be lead by a nice older couple who would teach the young adults about the Bible.” When a younger man answered the door she thought she had gone to the wrong house. Neither of them has ever led a Bible study. Matilda confessed, “I was the last person I thought would be asked to lead a Bible study.”
So far, they have enjoyed the experience, finding unexpected ways the Holy Spirit has blessed each group. Adam's Bible study brought an unanticipated mix of people together--Catholics and non-Catholics, Christians and non-Christians.
Matilda's group is made up of primarily Catholics and converts to Catholicism. The groups each have six or seven members, who serve as a core group as the Bible study progresses to a more in-depth pursuit of various topics and the process of discipleship.
Adam commented that in order for the Bible study to be successful, all members need to be vulnerable and open about different faiths. He said his group has been exceedingly vulnerable in dealing with each other and he is looking forward to seeing what happens next. Matilda noted that she was pleasantly surprised at how well her group gets along together. She appreciates that the group is so open about sharing their experiences in the faith. The discipleship aspect of this Bible study should encourage participants to branch out and begin their own Bible study groups. Adam admits his group has not reached that point yet, but feels it will reach that stage in the next six months.
Adam acknowledges that he has been unable to fully focus on the process of discipleship, but he is eager to start. He has never "discipled" before, but has been discipled in other groups. He knows the importance of serving as a good example to others in leading this process, which helps him strive to grow his own faith and lead a more virtuous life himself. The greatest difficulty in approaching discipleship is getting past the initial awkwardness of moving relationships from a peer level to a deeper one. He plans to overcome this awkwardness by sharing his story with the group.
Adam added that he will need to constantly check in with the members of his group and be present in their lives--becoming an actual friend and not just a leader of a Bible study. Adam also said “discipleship will motivate himself to live a more virtuous life.” Matilda is interested in continuing to grow the faith in her group. She wants to put together some day trips for the group, getting out of her apartment and into the world.
Adam and Matilda would encourage anyone who has the slightest interest in or curiosity about exploring the faith, Catholic or non-Catholic, to consider a Bible study with CYAS and to come to one with an open heart.
CYAS is a 501c3 non-profit charity, meaning donations are tax-deductible to the degree allowed by law. Like nearly all charities we have a revenue generating side through our sports leagues (e.g. red cross sells blood from blood drives) and a larger fundraising/charity side that is the heart of why we do the sports (discipleship through Bible studies, retreats, and mission trips). CYAS' revenue from leagues is not nearly enough to cover the expenses for a national outreach ministry. In fact, it isn't even enough after expenses for one full-time staff employee. Donations primarily serve our mission in these main areas:
- To cover players that receive free scholarships for playing in our leagues (10% of participants)
- Expansion of our services in existing locations (including marketing for outreach and the development of formation programs)
- Expansion efforts (including our need for support staff and office space to build a national system - think league operation support, national marketing, donation processing and servicing, accounting, legal support, and expansion related travel and training systems)
- To pay for our insurance cost (about $10,000/year and growing as we grow)
- The ongoing formation, training and community building among our missionaries. They need to be loved in order to continue sharing His love
Full refunds will be provided for any event that we cannot hold due to field scheduling conflicts, lack of interest, or any other cancellation of a league/event on our part.
If a player is injured and will miss the remainder of the league, we suggest they help recruit a permanent sub and ask them to subsidize their fees (please contact us so we are aware of the arrangements & injury, or for help finding possible replacements).
Free agents and donations are non-refundable. Credits may be given to free agents for leagues, if they notify us before registration closes.
Several teams have both spouses playing and bring babies or kids to be watched by substitutes on the bench or by bringing a friend/relative spectator. Many captains will also let the couple share a team fee and just not play at the same time depending on if the team needs a man or woman. Couples may also free agent and join a team in this method, just contact us if you plan on rotating play and want a discounted team fee.
DEFINITELY BRING THE KIDS OUT! ALL OF OUR SOCIALS ARE EVEN AT FAMILY FRIENDLY SPORTS BARS (unless otherwise specified)
We do ask participants to please refrain from consumption during our leagues out of respect for our participants who are opposed to the consumption of alcohol, are underage, and to help us provide a good witness that healthy fun community can exist without the assistance of liquid spirits.
It is CYAS policy that during CYAS events, where alcohol is allowed, only beer and wine may be consumed, no hard liquor or mixed drinks.