I have been doing lots of thinking and wondering about what those of us doing formation in churches can learn from school teachers, practitioners, and educators. In searching the web for information that might help us discover new ways to form our people in the faith, I came across this article (http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/8061) on essential skills for children and youth, based on the “C’s” of education. The “C’s” of education vary depending on which list you turn to, but the most comprehensive list is Communication, Connection, Collaboration/Cooperation, Creation/Contribution, Community, Continual Learning, and Culture. If we think about how we can incorporate these into our life of faith and our learning, I think we could go a long way toward a more holistic approach to learning.
I recently tagged along on a phone conversation between a seminary instructor and spiritual director and the publisher she had worked with to produce some curriculum for young adults. Over the course of the conversation, I think we were each aware of a feeling of being “stumped” about how curriculum fits into the young adult faith formation picture. In the intervening days, I’ve put this question to some smart leaders and teachers and pondered it a bit myself.
After 20+ years of being involved in children, youth, and family ministry as a volunteer, staff person, and consultant, I have found my three favorite words to be:
How effective is your Vacation Bible School (VBS)? Is it drawing the number of participants that you hope that it will?
Many congregational leaders struggle with VBS. With the increased competition for children’s time, many congregations have either cut VBS way back, joined forces with another local congregation to offer VBS together, or have dropped it.
But other congregations are breathing new life into VBS with success. They’re thinking out of the box and working at creating a VBS model that works in their congregation.
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