Bible Study & Group Resources

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Mission and Creation Care for Christian Disciples

5 Group Studies and Discussion with accompanying Leaders NotesMission Creation Care The focus of these studies is to mobilise congregations and churches in living out the mission of God and to see individual lives, communities, and the environment flourish. A core feature of this is to challenge congregations and communities in the UK to change their values from individual consumerism to justice and sustainability both locally and globally. The 5 session themes are:

  • Renewing our understanding of mission;
  • The call to care for creation;
  • The challenge to sustainable lifestyles;
  • A biblical approach to economics;
  • The Church’s role as an agent of change

The resources can be downloaded in a variety of formats. The .pdf versions will be opened in your browser prior to download. The e-book links are to other pages where details such as file size and format can be checked prior to download. Group Study and Discussion in booklet form .pdf (A4 folded to A5, 8 pages) Group Study and Discussion in plain A4 form .pdf (8 pages) Group Study and Discussion in e-book form .mobi (Kindle) Group Study and Discussion in e-book form .epub (other e-book reader devices and apps) Leaders Notes in plain A4 form .pdf (15 pages) Leaders Notes in e-book form .mobi (Kindle) Leaders Notes in e-book form .epub (other e-book reader devices and apps)


The Anglican Evangelical Journal for Theology and Mission published a special edition on the theme of Environment and Hope in September 2013. Details are available from this page on the JRI website, and all articles can be downloaded from this external link.

Guidelines – Environment

JRI Associate Revd Margot Hodson has produced some Bible Study resources for The Bible Reading Fellowship.


JRI Director, Revd Richard Clarkson, has produced a series of reflections for Creationtide

A Christian Look at the Environment

Five Bible Studies by Dena Burne (1930-2017), former JRI Associate. They were produced in 2002-2003 but remain a useful introduction to getting group discussions started. The Earth is the Lord’s. (PDF, 191K) What is man that You are mindful of him? (PDF, 88K) Am I my brother’s keeper? (PDF, 113K) Jesus is the image of the invisible God (PDF, 103K) Be not merely hearers of the word (PDF, 68K) There is also a Study Resources file (PDF, 75K), which may still be of use for historical purposes.