While it’s always exciting to see a post do well, it’s exceptional to watch some posts get attention year after year. In particular, a number of posts by our Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, Israel Galindo (aka Dr. G.) continue to be needed reference for church leaders around the country:
- Does Your Church Need A Children’s Ministry Missions Statement?: “I have been surveying children’s ministry missions statements in preparation for some new courses (the majority of congregations surveyed don’t have one). I have been intrigued by the use of ‘mission statements’ by children’s ministry programs in congregations. I’ve got mixed feelings about mission statements in general.”
- Six Educational Principles From Augustine Of Hippo: “Augustine of Hippo was one of the foremost philosophers and theologians of early Christianity. He had a profound influence on the subsequent development of Western thought and culture and, more than any other person, shaped the themes and defined the problems that have characterized Western traditions of Christian theology.”
- How To Deliver An Effective Children’s Sermon: “I received an email from a pastor asking about children’s sermons. He just accepted a call to a church at which he’ll need to deliver a children’s sermon as part of the worship service pastoral duties. I think that’s a great thing. And I appreciate his seeking counsel on how to do it well. I’m not quite sure about what makes children’s sermons such a universally bad practice in congregations. I suspect a lot of it has to do with two things…”
- Eight Qualities Of An Effective Learning Experience: “I recently had the opportunity to attend several lifelong learning events. They were refreshing in the sense that I got to be a participant, and sometimes, a spectator. My family teased me about going to an event where I was not the presenter, asking, “What are you going there for, really?” As is the case with many lifelong learners, my tendency is to strive to learn on several levels. For example…”
- What Is Constructivism?: “The increase in the use of instructional technologies in seminaries over the past decade, especially online learning, has lived up to the term “disruptive technologies.” As faculty become more adept at using instructional technology they have become more aware of the importance of informed and rigorously applied pedagogies. One educational approach, in particular, is notable in its increasing influence in the process of teaching and learning in the field of theological education.”
And if that’s not enough for you, there’s PLENTY MORE HERE by Dr. G. Enjoy!