Leadership Formation Institute for Biblical Studies


The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) promotes that Catholics take an intelligent and spiritual approach to the Bible. With this call at the forefront, the Leadership Formation Institute for Biblical Studies is designed to help lay leaders develop a deep understanding and love for sacred Scripture. Providing the necessary tools to lead Bible studies (e.g., facilitating small groups) this formation program seeks to develop joyful bearers of the Good News, sharing the Word with the world.

The Institute provides the opportunity for both personal growth and ministry formation. Participants are well formed in how to read and pray with the Bible as a person of faith who is willing to share the Word with others. Participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills for facilitating small group Bible study. On completion of the program, participants will be ready to start (or strengthen) a Bible study ministry in their parish or their lay association.

The Catholic Information Center’s Biblical Formation Institute is designed to help you:

  • Develop a deep understanding and love for sacred scripture
  • Explore scripture with biblical experts
  • Grow as a Bible study leader in your parish
  • Improve leadership and facilitation skills
  • Earn a Biblical Formation Certificate and/or Catechist Certification Credits
  • Become a joyful bearer of the Good News, sharing the Word with the world


2022 Schedule

Opening Retreat 

  • Saturday, May 14
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Foundations in Scripture Study 

  • Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, & 22
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Exploring Key Themes in Scripture 

  • Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, & 27
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Studying Scripture, the Word of God 

  • Wednesdays, August 10, 17, 24, & 31
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Closing Retreat 

  • Saturday, September 10
  • 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Register Online Now!

(Updated 4/19/22)

For more information please contact: Tammy Graves by email or phone 616-288-0912 or Mark Mann by email or phone at 616-459-7267.

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