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Educational Ministry of the Church - Lesson 14

Obstacles and Commitments

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

Gary Parrett
Educational Ministry of the Church
Lesson 14
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Obstacles and Commitments

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VI.  Obstacles to Overcome

A.  The use of phrases like "youth culture," "Gen X," etc.

B.  "Being color blind"

C.  "That's not my concern"

D.  If we consider ourselves to represent the "cultural norm"

E.  Our own prejudicial attitudes, words, and actions

F.  Misuse of the term "American"

 

VII.  Commitments to Reaffirm

A.  Great Commandments

B.  The Great Commission

C.  Ministry of reconciliation

D.  Be more honest and faithful in our interpretation of Scripture

E.  Healthy cultural self-knowledge

F.  Understand the culture we are ministering to

G.  Love and respect individuals as individuals

H.  Be in relationships with people of other cultures

I.  Be stretched beyond our own cultural comfort zone

J.  Revisit these commitments

K.  Teach in culturally appropriate ways

L.  Be the xenos


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How you define teaching determines content and strategy.

  • Effective teaching engages the whole person.

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

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

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

  • Being trained in skills for conflict resolution helps you to have realistic expectations and gives you the tools you need to effectively resolve situations as they arise.

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.