So, I have been doing both group and one-on-one Bible Study for about 6 years now. My experiences have always been wonderful and fruitful.
Sometimes, we tend to think that that a “good” (I hesitate on using this word because I don’t want to imply there are any “bad” ones) Bible Study mentor or leader is simply someone who is mature and knowledgeable (this, I believe, is also why sometimes some bible studies tend to be quite silent and over-relying on the leaders). But after all these years, I realize the many great bible studies that I have had are the ones that every member contributes in sharing their portion of Christ. We exchange our ideas and exhort one another. The leaders, then, essentially serve the role of “facilitators”. They don’t feed you “answers after answers” but encourage fellowship among saints.
This observation reminds me of a sharing regarding good teachers by John Piper awhile ago that,
“A good teacher can put himself in the place of a variety of learners and therefore explain hard things in terms that are clear from their standpoint.” – John Piper