Posts in Christian Education

Church Report: Spiritual Formation Assignment, Part 4

By Charlie Trimm Feb. 24, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

Although most Biola students have grown up in the church, a surprising number of undergraduates (especially freshmen and sophomores) do not attend church. Students cite a variety of reasons for this, including busyness, lack of transportation, difficulty of settling into a church, receiving Bible instruction through Bible classes and required chapel attendance, and lack of depth in relationships when they attend church. Recognizing that these students do face legitimate difficulties, I created an assignment requiring them to attend the same church four times over the course of the semester and answer a series of questions about the church for the purpose of helping them think through how they should pick a new church. I’ve included the questions below. I’d love to hear any feedback on them!

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¿Quién Puede Tener Acceso a Dios? Salmo 15 / Psalm 15

By Octavio Esqueda Feb. 12, 2015 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

Disfrutar de una relación íntima con el Dios del universo es el propósito principal del ser humano. En Dios encontramos respuesta y sentido a nuestras vidas. El salmo 15 describe al tipo de persona que puede relacionarse personalmente con el Creador. El salmista se pregunta quién puede ser un huésped de Dios. En esa cultura, un huésped gozaba de acceso directo con el anfitrión. Este salmo de sabiduría se entonaba al entrar al templo. Los adoradores iniciaban con la pregunta y el sacerdote respondía con los requisitos y finalizaba con una promesa para aquellos que los cumplían.

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What are the Challenges and Opportunities of Bi-Vocational Ministry?

Feb. 2, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss the challenges and opportunities of bi-vocational ministry.

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What is the Most Valuable Thing from Your Talbot Experience that Impacts How You Do Ministry Now?

Jan. 26, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss how their Talbot education impacts their ministry today in valuable ways.

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Why is a Seminary Education Valuable for Equipping Pastors to Face Today's Ministry Challenges?

Jan. 22, 2015 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Talbot faculty member, James Petitfils, and a panel of Talbot graduates who are now pastors in Southern California discuss why a seminary education is so valuable for ministry today.

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“Teaching Naked” in the Church, Idea #1

By Kevin Lawson Jan. 13, 2015 10:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Old Testament

A few months ago I wrote about José Bowen’s seminar and his book, Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012). I shared that his main thrust was for teachers to use technology to deliver content outside of class sessions, and shift the use of class time to processing that information, promoting critical thinking and the application of knowledge to real life situations. There are three ideas from Bowen’s work that I think have the potential of deepening the impact of our teaching in the church. Over the next few months I’ll be writing a brief blog on each of the three ideas, beginning with ways of using technology to get students into the content of the Bible lesson/study before you meet, preparing them for a more active and deeper learning experience together.

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Identity with Christ: Spiritual Formation Assignment, Part 3

By Charlie Trimm Dec. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Spiritual Formation

The idea of our identity with Christ is an important topic in my class on spiritual formation. We spend several class sessions looking at Colossians 3:1-17 from a variety of angles and often return to thinking about how our identity with Christ is foundational for our spiritual life and maturity (the students also memorize Colossians 3:1-17 over the course of the semester). The capstone to this section of the class is an assignment helping the students to reflect on their own identity. Here are the instructions ...

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