If you’ve ever wanted to improve your ability to guide adult learners through their faith development, this two-week interactive Discipleship Ministries-approved Lay Servant course is the way to do it! Learn about Multiple Intelligences, Adult Faith Development, Learning Hooks, and more! Students will need the book Start Here, by Barbara Bruce, and should read it before the course begins.
In the first week, participants will look at the context and setting of teaching – elements like the Role of the Teacher, Influential Factors, etc. In the second week, participants will explore the process of teaching (elements like Teaching Methods, Creating a Teaching Session Plan, etc.) and write their own Mission Statement for teaching.
Contact hours are earned through daily posting to the Discussion Board. If you have any questions or are unable to post fully through the course, please email the course leader.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact house for Lay Speakers (equivalent 1 CEU).
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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About the Instructor
Beth Perry was ordained in the United Methodist Church but now has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Elizabethtown College. In addition to 20 years of pastoral and chaplaincy experience, she teaches religion, philosophy, critical thinking, sociology, and general education courses for the University of Phoenix in New Jersey and Mercy College. She has been active in Safe Sanctuary/Safe church training for a decade or more, and a consultant for more than 150 congregations working to reduce the risk of abuse in the church. She also leads workshops and retreats on Spiritual Gifts, meditation, and mysticism. Her courses, Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts, Leading Bible Study: Biblical Interpretation, and Teach Adults are approved as advanced courses in Lay Servant Ministries and Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts meets one requirement towards lay speaker status.
Past Students Said…
“This workshop confirmed some of my techniques of teaching learned over the years in public school, private tutoring and bible study facilitating. This workshop also added new (and probably better) techniques to try and a greater understanding of how the adult mind works.”
“Even though I am a college professor, this course really gave me some insight into different skills needed to teach adults (not college students) who would be taking Bible Study or similar courses through church. I really appreciated the new tools.”
“I learned how to better plan a class, to recognize and use different learning styles, and different approaches to scripture.”
“I felt that I really got something out of this course. Lots of concepts that were new to me were introduced and explained effectively. I really felt challenged by the assignments and enjoyed completing them. The interaction between students and between students and instructor was some of the best I have seen in an online course. Lots of support and suggestions were forthcoming and much appreciated.This was definitely a worthwhile experience.”
“I appreciated the instructor Beth’s constructive comments – encouraging, but also pushing me and other students a bit. I liked the mixture of assignments and the resources that Beth shared to expand our knowledge. I would recommend this course and this instructor to others. I thought the text was quite good. Thank you.”
“This was a wonderful class–just the right amount of content. It is a rigorous class, but not overwhelming. The book and other course materials, including the first week’s prayer prompts, will be useful for all my future teaching. The level of interaction between student and instructor and student and student was great.”
“The skills presented are applicable in almost any teaching situation. I enjoyed interactions with other students from around the country. The short videos that were included enhanced the ability to learn by directing attention to particular skills. I also like the way that we had one question specific to the course goals and one question that tied to the points presented. Beth is an excellent teacher!”
“I have been teaching for 40 years and I learned new approaches and practices that are very applicable and will improve my teaching methods and efficiency.”