Educational Ministry of the Church

Educational Ministry of the Church

This course is an introductory level course to the ministry of education within the church.

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About this Class

These lectures were given at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary during the summer of 2000 and the spring of 2001. There are 21 separate lectures totaling about 13 hours.


Lecture 1

Seven questions that provide a framework for choosing and implementing curriculum.

Lecture 2

Our misconceptions about Christian education can cause us to choose poor or inaccurate content and use ineffctive strategies.

Lecture 3

The three essential tasks of the Church are worship, outreach and teaching.

Lecture 4

Christian formation focuses on the process of becoming more like Christ.

Lecture 5

Instructions for spiritual education from passages in the Old Testament and New Testament.

Lecture 6

History of Christian education from the early church to modern Sunday school.

Lecture 7

The Heidelberg Catechism provides essential elements for a Christian education curriculum.

Lecture 8

The Torah contains the essence of what God wants us to know. Jesus clarifies and exemplifies the Torah.

Lecture 9

A CORE curriculum should be Comprehensive, Orthodox, Reforming and focused on Essentials. Delivery systems may include bible studies, small groups, Sunday school and sermons.

Lecture 10

The Ten Commandments are the basis for Old Testament Law and the core teaching of the New Testament.

Lecture 11

Tailoring curriculum by taking into peoples' physical and spiritual developmental stages can make teaching more effective.

Lecture 12

Tailoring curriculum by taking into peoples' physical and spiritual developmental stages can make teaching more effective.

Lecture 13

A key element for effective education to take place is for teachers to know their students relationally.

Lecture 14

Effective teachers know their audience and avoid attitudes and expressions that would create obstacles to communication.

Lecture 15

Asking the right questions about the curriculum and the audience can help you identify what information to emphasize and how to present it effectively.

Lecture 16

How you define teaching determines content and strategy.

Lecture 17

Effective teaching engages the whole person.

Lecture 18

When preparing curriculum, an effective teacher will take into account both the content and the audience.

Lecture 19

Many people fill the role of teacher in your life at different times and in various ways.

Lecture 20

Christian education involves recruiting, training, modeling, organizing and supporting people who volunteer to teach.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the programs intended for?

The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.

Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?

In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.

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