Here are some summaries and reviews of books I’ve found helpful in the area of Christian education. I will continue to update this list.
- Book Summary: Becoming a Church of Lifelong Learners
- Book Summary: Intergenerational Religious Education
- Book Summary: Nurturing Faith & Hope: Black Worship as a Model for Christian Education
I have written several quarter-long studies, available to download for free. Click here to visit the Memorial Road Church of Christ website curriculum section.
I enjoy spending time with churches and organizations thinking through their education programs and doing workshops for teachers and for church members. I’ve spent time with churches and private schools across the country. (See current schedule here.) Here are some of the things I’ve done so far:
For teachers and church members, covering some of the following topics:
- Biblical foundations for teaching Scripture
- Choosing good supplementary material
- Writing a lesson plan
- Best classroom practices for engaging learners
- Engaging learners digitally during the week
From Insight to Impact: Congregational Learning Lab
A few of my fellow ministry staff members from Memorial Road have traveled around to various cities to conduct learning labs in the areas of guest hospitality, congregational evangelism, and adult education planning. These three tracks run simultaneously, usually on a weeknight, for two hours. The first hour features a presentation by a Memorial Road ministry staff member. After a break, participants return for a facilitated round table exercise (with others from their congregation) that will help them begin to apply the content from the first session to their particular church context. Click here for more information on these events.
Assessment, Evaluation, and Recommendations
- Evaluating current curriculum, classroom usage, volunteer usage, and learning outcomes and then presenting recommendations
Future Ministry Planning
- Discussing books like Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful with leaders and members and charting a course for long-term curriculum.
- Examining how various “formative” ministries (e.g., worship, adult ed., outreach/missions, students, etc.) could be better coordinated so that the overall curriculum (i.e., not just what is taught in a classroom) ties together.