In this interactive two week course, you will learn to lead and teach more effectively so that people you minister with better retain and apply the Good News to their lives. Whether you are a new or seasoned teacher, you will discover a comprehensive “101” approach to faith formation for groups of all ages. Practical information and techniques based on scientific learning and educational practices 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, you will engage with the material, the instructor, and fellow participants at a deeper level than lecture alone. You can expect to spend an hour each day reading, writing assignments, and responding to others.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 2
Required books: No
Certification or Series: No
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About the Instructor
Pamela Deck is a UMC Certified Christian Educator who loves to equip disciples to connect faith to real life. She has a passion for spiritual formation through small groups. Her education includes graduate work at Candler School of Theology and Emory University. With 35 years of experience in ministry, she was children and youth ministries coordinator at Spindale (North Carolina) United Methodist Church before moving to the United Methodist Publishing House as Cokesbury Action Team Conference leader and national workshop presenter. Currently she is a consultant and BeADisciple instructor in her tenth year. Pamela is an adult small group leader, lay delegate to Annual Conference, and former praise dance and youth group leader. She is a board member of Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) Faith Formation Community.
Past Students Said…
“I just want to say how rewarding this class has been. My classmates are a prime example of how our different ways of learning are all valuable, and how each style brings another level of understanding and remembering. We have been blessed with students who can show God’s love and compassion through sharing their teaching experiences and in our writing assignments…we have grown through statements that make us stop, think, and dig deeper; and most of all, our class as continuously been supportive of each other in class. Through the sharing of our work… we have seen the verbal/linguistic; the logical/mathematical; the visual/spatial; the body/kinesthetic; the musical/rhythmic; the interpersonal; and the intrapersonal – and we will be able to see those qualities in others.”
“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!!”