IFD185 – Teaching and Leading Small Groups
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In this interactive two week workshop, participants will learn to lead and teach more effectively so that people they minister with better retain and apply the Good News to their lives. Whether working with children, youth, or adults, you will discover practical information based on current scientific and educational practices that can be put to immediate use. We will explore who you are as a teacher, your students, call and gifts, ages and stages of faith development, building caring community, hospitable space, curriculum, brain friendly learning, ideas for making scripture come alive, and more. Through assignments and discussion boards, participants will engage with the material, their instructor, and fellow participants at a deeper level than lecture alone. Time commitment is 10 contact hours reading, writing assignments, and responding to others.
1.0 CEU offered upon completion of this course.
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Past participants in this course have said…
“Thank you, Pamela Deck, for a great workshop! I thoroughly enjoyed the material and the connection with others in the field of Christian Education. This course was so helpful and full of new resources that I’m excited to use in my ministry. It helped me to discover different ways to teach children and new ways they can learn! I appreciated the affirmation of what I am doing in my children’s ministry from the instructor. I’m really looking forward to trying these new ideas out in our children’s ministries!”
“Since I have no formal training in teaching, I found this class to be excellent! I especially liked all the materials and resources. Pamela’s comments on our discussion were thoughtful and helpful. I have all kinds of ideas to put in place! Money well spent for me!”
“Thanks Pamela for helping me stretch and grow! I feel like I am in a valley right now, and in a rut. It has been wonderful to look at my role as teacher in a new light and to gain new or forgotten techniques! Thank you for your inspiration!!”
Pamela Deck loves helping churches, other groups, and individuals equip disciples and connect faith to real life through Christian education ministries! Based in the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC), her educational background includes a B.S. from Clemson University, Certificate in Business Administration from Isothermal Community College, and graduate work at Candler School of Theology at Emory University for the Certified Associate in Christian Education in the United Methodist Church in 1996. With over 25 years of experience in education ministry, she served as Staff Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator at Spindale United Methodist Church. Since then, Pamela has contracted with the United Methodist Publishing House at various times as Cokesbury Action Team Conference Leader and Marion District Representative; FaithHome for Parents Consultant; and National Workshop Presenter. Ongoing training includes Safe Sanctuaries (WNCC), Transitions (WNCC) Coaching (GBOD), Liturgical Dance (SEJ and Long’s Chapel), and Equipping Ministry (Group). Visit Pamela’s website and Facebook page to learn more about her work.
Pamela enjoys being involved at Spindale United Methodist Church as adult Sunday School teacher, Praise in Motion dance leader, Middle School youth group leader, and lay leadership team. She is a member of the WNCC CEF Christians Engaged in Faith Formation and Leadership Rutherford Board. Pamela serves as WNCC Recertification Registrar. Some favorite hobbies are travel, baking, reading, fashion and sewing, guitar, piano, and dance. Pamela lives with her husband and black lab mix and has a young adult son and daughter. She looks forward to learning together with you soon!