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.
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.
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