Wikis for Bible Study

Wiki Building BlocksA wiki is an excellent tool for personal or group Bible study.  Even better, wikis are often free!

In this article, we will discuss 1) what wikis are, 2) how they are useful, 3) what their benefits are, and 4) how to get started with your own wiki.

What is a wiki?

Simply stated, a wiki is a website where users create and edit pages (or entries) simply by using their Web browser.  Wikipedia is the most famous example of a wiki.

Wikis are equally effective when used for personal (private) knowledge spaces and when used for group collaboration.

How is a wiki useful?

Wikis can be used for personal Bible study as well as group study.  Here are some ideas:

Personal Learning

Use a private wiki as your own personal learning space to:

  • Organize Bible study notes
  • Collect resources and reference materials
  • Track your prayer journal
  • Manage to-do lists

If you are familiar with the inductive Bible study method, you know that it is very beneficial to mark key, repeated words throughout your Bible in a consistent and recognizable manner.  It is even more enlightening to make lists of what you learn from each key word reference that you have marked.

For example, you might color the key word “covenant” with a red pencil every time you encounter it.  Then create a new page in your personal wiki called “Covenant”.  Each time you mark “covenant” in your Bible, add the Scripture reference and what you learn about “covenant” to your wiki entry.  You will be surprised and excited by how much you learn using this simple technique.

Wiki Example: Covenant Key Word List

Group Collaboration

Use a private wiki for the members of your group Bible study to:

  • Collaborate on Bible study notes (such as key word lists)
  • Collect and share recommended resources
  • Ask for help and share encouragement
  • Log prayer requests and answers to prayer

Wiki Example: Hosea Resources

What are the benefits of a wiki?

In today’s world, there are many tools for collecting information and for collaboration.  What makes wikis beneficial?

  • They keep you organized.  If you are an information pack rat like me, then you tend to have all sorts of files (documents, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, images, videos, sound files, etc) in all sorts of places (like those post-it notes that litter your desk).  Data management can be a daunting task!  Wikis simplify data management by keeping all your information in one electronic repository.
  • They are searchable.  No more hunting for that elusive file or reference!  Wikis index your information, so you can quickly retrieve what you need simply by using the search field.
  • They are accessible.  Because wikis are online, you can access them from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.  You don’t have to worry about having certain notebooks or files with you at all times, because your wiki is available wherever you are.
  • They are safe from loss or destruction.  You don’t have to fear that you might lose your information if your computer crashes or is stolen, because your wiki is stored online.
  • They make sharing and collaborating easy.  If you choose, you can invite certain individuals to view or edit a wiki.  Shared wikis can greatly improve group participation and project management.

How do you get started?

There are many wiki services available.  However, to get started quickly, my recommendation is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Sign up for a free PBworks account.
  2. Set the security for your wiki (also called a workspace) to private.
  3. Start creating pages for your topics, key word lists, resources, etc.

After you sign up for a PBworks account, you can create and manage multiple wikis from a single control panel.  You might use one wiki for your personal Bible study purposes and another for your group Bible study collaboration.

Wikis hosted by PBworks are intuitive and easy to use.  However, if you get stuck, they provide helpful how-to video tutorials, a user manual, and free training webinars in their Support Center.

In what other ways might a wiki be useful for Bible study?  Share your ideas with us in the comments below.

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3 Responses to “Wikis for Bible Study”

  1. Excellently helpful entry! I’ve saved it to my read it later app to refer back to! :-)

  2. Thank you, Judy. I’m so glad you’ve discovered wikis for Bible study. Be sure to let us know if you find any creative uses for wikis.

  3. Hey thanks! It’s nice to know I’m not the only person who has thought of doing this… Yours is the first post I’ve seen on it.

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