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    Oklahoma Baptist University

    Study Guide for

    MTI 2203

    Teaching and Learning

    In the Local Church


    Robert A. Dawson

    WMU Professor of Missions, Professor of Applied Ministry Oklahoma Baptist University

    Shawnee, Oklahoma


    To the Student

    This course is a new venture, and I appreciate you being part of it. Let me first introduce you to the resources you’ll be using for this course. The first is The Teaching Ministry of the Church by Dr.

    Darrell Eldridge. At the time of the writing of this book, Dr. Eldridge was Dean of the School of Educational Ministry at Southwestern Seminary. Most of the writers were also on the faculty of Southwestern at that time. This book was one of the best to come out in the 90's on the subject of teaching and learning in the local church. For our purposes, it is perhaps the most comprehensive and helpful.

The secondary text, Teaching to Change Lives, is by Dr. Howard Hendricks. At the time of this writing,

    he was distinguished professor and chairman of the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. This text addresses a need that I’ve felt throughout my ministry – that Bible

    study ought to make a difference in the lives of believers.

You’ll also be using resources from LifeWay Christian Resources formerly The Baptist Sunday

    School Board in Nashville, and from members of the Church and Family Equipping Team of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

Our most fundamental and essential call as Christians is to make disciples. Our most unmistakable

    mandate as pastors and leaders in the church is to equip God’s people for service. This course is

    designed to help you as you carry out these responsibilities. May God bless you in this study. Put every good effort into this course. Review the course requirements on p. v, and be prepared to do all work in a timely fashion. The result will be worth the effort.

In His Service,

    Bob Dawson

    August 11, 2004

    To the Teacher

    This course has been a long time in coming. The late Dean Dick Rader and I spoke of it as far back as ten years ago. I am pleased that Dean Martin felt the urgency to pick it up again and make the course part of the curriculum. I’m sure this has been due in large measure to requests you have made.

    I hope this course will fill a needed void. As I told students on the previous page, one of the clearest mandates for those of us who lead churches is to equip people for service.

Bible study is supposed to make a difference in the life of the teacher, the student, and ultimately in the

    lives of people on the outside. Sadly, in many of our churches, this has not been the case. Many churches today seem to be complacent merely content to “hold our own” this year. This sense of complacency

    has resulted in churches having ever-increasing difficulties in making a positive impact in their communities.

    I am not suggesting that one course can change all this. It is a worthy goal, however. Let’s not shoot for a stronger Sunday School; let’s shoot for changed lives, beginning with our own. Please keep this goal before your students during every session.

    A few mechanics: You will see the course requirements outlined on the next page. Feel free to move things around but be sure to notify your students. I’ve scheduled two major exams; you may want more. Please feel free to adapt the schedule to the needs of your class.

Early in the semester, you’ll need to order some additional resources for your students. The main one is

    the curriculum guide that LifeWay publishes annually. (I’m not giving it a proper name because that name changes frequently.) You may order them by calling customer service at 1-800-458-2772. You’ll

    want also to become familiar with the LifeWay website: ( Look for the link on the

    home page to Sunday School curriculum. You’ll also find that help is available from the Church and Family Equipping Team at the BGCO (405-942-3800). Please call on them or call on me if you need

    additional help.

    You have my very best wishes for a good course. If I can answer any question or help in any way, please feel free to call me.

In Christ,

    Bob Dawson (405-878-2222)

    August 11, 2004

Session 1: Getting Acquainted


    Course Syllabus

    Course Description

MTI 2203: Teaching and Learning in Churches (3 hours) An introduction to principles of teaching and

    learning in the local church. Attention given to the dynamic interaction of the teacher, learner, and curriculum. Emphasis on teaching to produce changes in knowledge, attitude, and lifestyle.

    Course Objectives

As a result of this course, the student should ...

    1. Gain foundational knowledge related to the church’s teaching ministry

    2. Gain practical help in preparation for teaching and learning

    3. Gain understanding of the church’s curriculum plan and a means for the evaluation of curriculum

    4. Gain insight into ways of teaching to impact change in the lives of learners

    Course Requirements

    * Class attendance. Every student is required to attend every class session. Failure to attend at least 75% of the classes can result in a failing grade.

* Examinations: Two exams are scheduled:

     Midterm Session 7, to cover sessions 1-6.

     Final Session 14, to cover sessions 7-13.

    * Book Digest: Due during Session 9. This digest is to be written over a book in the field of teaching and learning in the local church; the book should be at least 200 pages in length. The digest should be typewritten, and of 6-7 pages in length. Approximately half of the report should be a summary of contents; approximately half should be the student’s critical evaluation of the book.

    * Curriculum Evaluation: Due Session 13. Using criteria outlined in Session 12 (page 101), complete an evaluation of a line of Southern Baptist curriculum materials for Sunday School.

    * This Study Guide. The completed study guide should be reviewed by the instructor at the time of the midterm (Session 7) and the final (Session 14) for a grade.

    * Your course instructor will assign weight (point values) to these various assignments, and may wish to add additional requirements.

    Bible Teacher Certificate

This is one of four courses required in the Bible Teacher Certificate:

REL 1013 Old Testament History and Literature

    REL 1023 New Testament History and Literature

    REL 2703 Biblical Hermeneutics

    MTI 2203 Teaching and Learning in the Local Church

    For more information about this certificate and other degree programs related to the Ministry Training Institute, contact the MTI director in your association.

Session 1: Getting Acquainted


    Table of Contents / Course Schedule

A Message to the Student Page iii

A Message to the Teacher Page iv

Course Syllabus Page v

The Bible Teacher Certificate Page vi

    Session 1 Date: _________________________________________ Page 1

     Course introduction, Eldridge Ch. 1

    Session 2 Date: _________________________________________ Page 8

     Eldridge, Ch. 2-3

    Session 3 Date: _________________________________________ Page 21

     Eldridge Ch. 4-5

    Session 4 Date: _________________________________________ Page 33

     Eldridge, Ch. 6-7

    Session 5 Date: _________________________________________ Page 41

     Eldridge, Ch. 8-9

    Session 6 Date: _________________________________________ Page 50

     Hendricks, Ch. 1-2

    Session 7 Date: _________________________________________ Page 57

     Mid-Term Exam, Hendricks, Ch. 3

    Session 8 Date: _________________________________________ Page 59

     Hendricks, Ch. 4-5, Eldridge, Ch. 10

    Session 9 Date: _________________________________________ Page 68

     Hendricks, Ch. 6-7, Eldridge, Ch. 11, Book Digest Due

    Session 10 Date: _________________________________________ Page 76

     Eldridge, Ch. 12-13

    Session 11 Date: _________________________________________ Page 85

     Eldridge, Ch. 14-15

    Session 12 Date: _________________________________________ Page 94

     Eldridge, Ch. 16, Current LifeWay Curriculum Guide

    Session 13 Date: _________________________________________ Page 101

     Eldridge, Ch. 17-18, Curriculum Evaluation Due

    Session 14 Date: _________________________________________ Page 110

     Final Exam

Session 1: Getting Acquainted


    Session One: Getting Acquainted

    Welcome to Principles of Teaching and Learning. As you prepare for the first session, take time now to review the course syllabus found on pp. i-iv of this workbook, and to the course schedule on p. v. If you have questions about the nature of this course or its requirements, please bring them to the first session. Now, consider:

What is your purpose in taking this course? Write it here.

    Be prepared to share your purpose statement as well as other information about yourself and your ministry (paid or volunteer) with others in the class.

Session 1: Getting Acquainted


All page number references in this session are to Eldridge, The Teaching Ministry of the Church. The

    footnote on each page contains the title of the chapter from which the questions on the page are drawn.

    Session One: God as Teacher

    ? Before going further, the large checkmark logo to the left indicates something to read. You will see this checkmark several times in each session. When you see it, read the material suggested. Now: Read

    the Preface, beginning on p. vii. Notice the statistics at the bottom of the page. Use the following worksheet and translate those statistics to your church.

    My Church

Session 1: Getting Acquainted


[1] Total # of church members: __________________ (You’ll use this as a base figure)

    [2] Total # of persons enrolled in Sunday School: ___________ (% of members) ___________

     ((Hint: Divide the figure in #2 by the figure in #1.)

[3] Average Sunday School attendance: _________________ (% of members) ___________

    [4] Total # of persons baptized last year ________________. Baptismal ratio: 1:________

     (Divide your total membership in #1 by the number of persons baptized)

    [5] Approximate # of witnessing Christians ______________ (% of members) ___________

    [6] Approximate # of members in a one-on-one witnessing relationship: ______________

     (% of members) ___________

    [7] Approximate # of tithers: _____________________ (% of members) ___________

    [8] Total # of teachers and leaders in Bible study: __________ (% of members) ___________

    As you reflect on these statistics in your own church, write a paragraph indicating the effectiveness (or

    lack of effectiveness) of your church’s teaching ministry.

Complete and evaluate this statement from the Preface: “We cannot permit _____________


     Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons.

? Read pp. 3-14 from Chapter 1.

Session 3: The Bible as Curriculum


What was God’s purpose in creating the human race?

    What was the special role of the nation of Israel?

Summarize lessons introduced by Abraham and other patriarchs that had not been taught previously.

    What was the lesson of the Passover observance?

List three specific parts of the Law:



Session 3: The Bible as Curriculum



Explain the relationship between the Law and the family as God had intended it

1. What is the meaning of the Shema?

    1. Is the Shema still in force and active, even within Christian families today? Why or why not?

    1. After reading the section on celebrative activities, select one of the following and write a brief

    paragraph on how the modern observance could be used within the family for spiritual instruction.

    Select Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years.. Be prepared to share your ideas with others

    in your class.

Session 3: The Bible as Curriculum


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