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“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
How do we answer the question; what is God’s purpose for our life? How do we live out God’s grace in this world? How do we show our love of God? How do we recognize the Holy Spirit living through us? These are the fundamental questions of Christianity. How do we find the answers?
The answers are found in the transformation from book to electronic learning. What may have taken a lifetime to learn fifty years ago, can be attained in a short time today. Just be open to the possibilities and feel the learning! Remember, though Jesus Christ, all things are possible.
Teaching young people today requires a significant shift in technique. It is the learned youth that will be the Presbyterian Church of the future.
We used to lecture and offer reading assignments and then implement tests for verification. Today, students are using their laptop computers in class, online and are doing experiments along with professionals in real time. They are “DOING”. According to the National Learning Laboratories of Bethel, Maine, young people are learning 75% faster than we did! Be a part of the transformation.
All Things Are Possible
There are several learning possibilities through the Presbytery. Some are home spun and local in nature. Others are professionally written study events that are designed for the general public to use.
Have you been involved in online learning yet? It is a very contemporary and important mode of learning! It requires only a computer and internet access and you are on your way to vast new horizons. Computer-Based Training, Internet-Based Training and Web-Based Training are all part of the mix of learning in the twenty first century.
Computer-Based Training is training that can be attained by purchasing a piece of software that contains the teaching you desire. The most popular of this type of training is Rosetta Stone Language Training. Internet-Based Training is what Colleges and Universities are using to increase the effectiveness of classroom learning. The most popular form of this learning can be found in Blackboard and Moodle. Finally, there is Web-Based Training. This training is commonly known as online or distance learning. It is designed to put the instructor and the learner in the same room from different location in the world. The online universities like Phoenix and Walden are examples of this type of learning.
How Smart Are We?
There are some in the world who are book smart and then there are those who are street smart. The only difference between them is how they gained their knowledge! It is not bad to be book smart. Most great scholars are trained in the traditional way. It is also not bad to be street smart. We still send our young people off to college, but more and more of them are learning in different ways. Print is not yet dead. It may be displayed in a plethora of different ways, but the printed word remains!
Often we can find the printed word online. The world’s greatest best seller is a book called The Bible! It is written in hundreds ofdifferent languages and is published in every form from a children’s book, to an online reference. All of these resources are valuable. Excluding one or more of them because of an "opinion" would be sinful. It is just like worship music. Using all forms of worship music is far better than using only one.
Take on the challenge of seeking the many forms of The Bible. Some examples are the Amplified Bible, The Message, NIV Adventure Bible, and Bible Gateway http://www.biblegateway.com/ (an electronic Bible). Use all of them and see what it does to your understanding of the Bible.
Maybe it will increase it.
Where Do We Learn?
It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. Similarly, it takes a church to grow a minister. Some churches are gifted with the ability to grow ministers. They seem to have a knack for providing the discernment necessary for someone to seek ministry as their call.
The Presbyterian Church USA has ten seminaries that are dedicated to producing Presbyterian ministers. There are also two other seminaries that have a covenantal agreement with PCUSA.
PC(USA) seminaries include:
The two additional seminaries are related to the PC(USA) by covenant agreement are:
Is your church gifted in producing ministers? Learn more by contacting the above seminaries for information and catalogues of their programs. Have them available for people to see and use. If you are an alumnus of one of these seminaries, arrange for a visit by their recruiting representatives or invite some of your college students to visit the campus.
We are responsible for the next generation of clergy.
How Do We Learn?
Research tells is there are several LEARNING STYLES. Each STYLE by itself is unique. Since most human beings incorporate a blend of LEARNING STYLES it is important to offer different approaches to learning. There is no right mix. Nor are our styles fixed. We can develop less dominant styles, as well as further develop styles that we already use well. That is why we must offer different forms of learning throughout Christian Education.
There are seven (7) LEARNING STYLES.
How we learn influences what we learn. If we are VISUAL learner’s lectures and books will not be helpful for us. If we are SOLITARY learner’s being is study groups, like Bible Study will not be useful or comfortable. Church must provide for as many learning styles as possible!
Learn MORE at http://www.learning-styles-online.com/