A Foundation of Faith in Chloe Airhart’s LIT Bible Study
In his best-selling book SOAR, TD Jakes said “God basically told Moses to stop waiting and start walking! If you let it, your hesitation will only become a limitation.” After my first conversation with Chloe airhart about the bible study show co-founded, LIT bible study, I quickly learned the seemingly exponential transition from a small at-home bible study to a staple, highly-anticipated community session of over 100 individuals was sparked by faith and overcoming her fear and hesitation. The growth of this organization exemplifies, “In order to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.”
“Our generation has, in a way, disconnected from church and true spiritual growth because of bad experiences and/or not understanding what we were taught in the past. We aim to help others see the Bible in a relevant, real, and empowering way.”
Though this wasn’t necessarily easy as Chloe at one point, didn’t feel as though she had the wisdom or stability to grow the organization – but in walking in faith and trusting in God Chloe, her co-founder Joe Gill, and her LIT team has transcended fear and insecurities. When asked why she started her organization, Chloe says, “Our generation has, in a way, disconnected from church and true spiritual growth because of bad experiences and/or not understanding what we were taught in the past. We aim to help others see the Bible in a relevant, real, and empowering way.”
LIT Bible study’s mission is to build LIT communities, growing, serving, and loving like Christ. Millennials in Dallas are not being connected in churches. It’s safe to say that just like millennials in the workplace, we think, connect, and engage differently than older generations. Studies show that we are more community-driven and need a tangible impact Through hosting LIT every week, Chloe and her team hope to be the support that many people need when deciding to trust God or even if they should trust God in the first place. Whether it be open discussion instead of a traditional sermon, social events, or assisting one another in finding a church home - LIT Bible Study grows young adults through transparency, community, and relationships through Christ.
One way that LIT differs from other bible studies is that they put a huge emphasis on community in addition to studying the word. It is evident that the leadership wants to dig deeper into the word but also “do life together.” Through holding each other accountable as they grow to new levels; they strive to make everyone feel welcome so that the organization can form new, genuine friendships and have fun at the same time.
When asked what makes LIT Bible study different than the traditional church experience, Christian Randolph said, “the biggest difference and impact of LIT Bible Study outside of attending traditional church is that the study doesn’t end at 9 pm on Tuesday. The growth, conversations, and applications of what was discussed carry on throughout the week. By “doing life” with others in the LIT community,” christian says, “they get to actually see the gospel played out in each other’s lives.”
From following the community via hashtags and social media, witnessing the deep-rooted bonds of LIT community members, and seeing LIT attendees intention and impact in the community has been empowering. LIT is a prime example of the fact that the church isn’t a brick and mortar establishment but a connection of believers that embody Christ, and even more so LIT applies this to conversations, activities, and values of the millennial generation.
Chloe mentions that LIT Bibles Study’s greatest accomplishment, is simply how much the group has grown over the last year but looking beyond the surface what is not as visible from the outside looking in is how many people have transformed their lives due to the impact of the group.
“Originally LIT was supposed to last for one month; after seeing the impact over time, I plan for LIT to always be an open space for young adults to learn about God and how to build a relationship with Him.”
Some of the keys to the organizations continued success in scaling impact has been finding a space that could comfortably fit their large group but also their many small groups, they’ve partnered with For Oak Cliff, which allows them to host their Bible Study every week. In addition, finding and developing passionate leaders that can connect and engage with a millennial audience. Lastly, taking the time to set a firm foundation and organizational structure – with so many people coming through their doors, the team makes it a priority for everyone to have an enjoyable experience.
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When asked about some of their greatest collaborations to date, Chloe sent a huge shout out to For Oak Cliff for the space, JCi Creatives for the photography and underlying support, and The Rose Community Center for hosting the organization’s first LIT Wars Night.
For the legacy of LIT Bible Study? Chloe says, “Originally LIT was supposed to last for one month; after seeing the impact over time, I plan for LIT to always be an open space for young adults to learn about God and how to build a relationship with Him.” If you’re looking to grow your relationship with Christ and join a community of millennials in Dallas – be sure to reach out to Chloe or anyone from the LIT Team!