Everyone needs a way in. The church growth literature has emphasized that visitors to your church need to be greeted by someone who will make them feel welcome and will get them connected with others who can share in the work of introduction and connection. The best greeters do this in a way that is personal, picking up on signals that suggest a particular kind of follow-up introduction. “Who might this person enjoy meeting?” they ask themselves.
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.
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