Archive for July, 2010

Fall 2009: Teaching the Bible in Church

July 11, 2010

It has taken me longer than I would have liked to blog about the classes I have taken at Princeton Theological Seminary thus far, but it is still my intention to do just that.

The last class I took in Fall 2009 was Teaching the Bible in Church with Dr. Gordon Mikoski.  I took the class in the Fall short term (also referred to as the Jan or J term) so the class met Monday through Friday 9am – 12pm for three weeks.  The syllabus described the course this way:

Pastors and teachers in congregational settings require dynamic conceptions of the theory and practice of teaching scripture in order to carry out the church’s ministry of education and formation in effective ways. This course will explore the dynamic intersections between biblical knowledge, needs of various learners in congregations, and creative pedagogies. This course fulfills the education and formation requirement.

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Reflection Paper: Teaching the Bible in Church

July 11, 2010

This is my 5 page reflection paper for my “Teaching the Bible in Church” class at Princeton Theological Seminary.  For more info on the class, see my separate post about it.

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INTRODUCTION

Thus far in life, my perspective on education has been based mostly on my experience as a student or “learner” as I have learned may be a better term to use.  I have known for quite some time that there were different learning styles and had an inkling of an idea that there were different teaching styles though I did not know what they were.  I have also understood that learning is more about connections that it is about pieces of information.  In light of that, the opportunities I have had to teach I have gone into them with the explicit goal of helping people make connections which is a hefty expectation to be sure.  In delving into the arena of Christian Education in this class, I have begun to see that I have only begun to see the tip of the iceberg and that learning and teaching are very intricately nuanced in and of themselves.  That said there are three topics that seem to influence education in every aspect, whether directly or indirectly, namely the culture of the church in question, the question of assessment within the church, and my personal reflection on what God has revealed about teaching through the incarnation of God the Son. (more…)

Teaching the Bible Using Art

July 11, 2010

This is my final project for my “Teaching the Bible in Church” class at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Due to copyright restrictions I cannot post the whole thing, but I post the majority of it here in case it is helpful or interesting to some.  I have written about the entire course separately.

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PART ONE: MAIN PEDAGOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS

Description of the Learners and Historical Assumptions

This curriculum is intended for the Adult Education Ministry at Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).  There are two full time ministers, one Parrish Visitor, and seventeen paid staff members at GBPC, including the Director for the Pre-school on site. The congregation’s reported total membership for 2008 was just over 1,200 people which is significantly greater than the average membership of 250 people.  Over the past ten years, the church has continued an overall trend of increased membership and worship attendance averages 702 people.  The church has a robust Christian Education program and enrollment averages 794.  The church is composed of a majority of affluent professionals, middle-class working families, and elderly people.  Generally speaking, the congregation is well educated, most having completed at least a Bachelor’s Degree.  The majority of the congregation is white.  There are some minority populations represented, but they are, however, the minority both as a whole and when broken down into specific racial and ethnic demographics.  Spiritually speaking the congregation is comprised of individuals who are just beginning in the faith to those who have been faithful Christians for many years. There are three worship services each Sunday (8:30, 9:45, and 11:15am) with the first and last service being contemporary worship and the 9:45, traditional.  Adult Sunday school is offered during each service.

This curriculum is intended for (more…)