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Dynamics of Christian Education

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to reinforce and enhance communication skills and instructional methods. The knowledge and skills gained will equip speakers and educators to engage students in a manner which maximizes teaching for knowledge, application and growth.

Course Format
-Lecture, class Interaction, exercises, Class exercises
-Breaks each hour & a lunch break

Course Length: 1 Day (8:30am – 5:30pm)

Target Audience
A 1-day course for Christian teachers or anyone wanting to teach or speak

Course Cost: $35 per student which includes a 100 page manual

The Difference
What makes this course different from a degree in education? This course includes sections not commonly taught in education universities such as:
-Educating for success
-How is the world out-educating the church?
-Methods to help students retain information
-Principles of leadership
-Professional education standards and the 80% goal

Course Outline

Chapter 1: Presentation skills
• What makes a presentation forgettable?
• Rules 1, 2 and 3
• Some guidelines
• Communication skills
• The Be’s and some concerns and hints
• Organization
• Appearance
• Motivation Quotient (MQ)
• Annoying issues
• Using visual aids
• Answering questions

Chapter 2: The Education Wars
• Biblical warnings about education
• The education wars (the competition)
• Conditioning through the education system
• What schools teach and don’t teach
• The church’s response
• Alarming statistics
• The battle is within our borders
• Solution: what the church must do

Chapter 3: Educating for Success (Teaching Methods and Skills)
• Education surveys
• What is teaching?
• Three components of Christian education
• The Christian educator’s job description and requirements
• Professional education standards
• How to measure a teacher’s success
• The Sacred-Secular Divide
• A strategic question
• Performance objectives
• The 80% goal
• Methods of accountability
• Writing a test for review and encouragement
• Teacher vs. facilitator

Chapter 4: Building a Winning Sunday School Program
• A hard fact
• The primary purpose of Sunday school
• Eight issues affecting Sunday school quality
• Clarifying the win
• Qualifications for teaching
• Things to consider
• What if you can’t find anyone to teach?
• Classroom dynamics
• The opinion plate
• Constructing a syllabus
• Leadership
• ROI (Return On Investment)
• Teaching to change lives
• What about the youth program
• The BIG nine

Instructor: Mike Riddle, MA Education, BS Mathematics
Mike is an international speaker and teacher on Christian education, biblical creation and apologetics. Mike’s formal teaching experience includes middle and high school levels as well as college and graduate level courses. He was director of U.S. Sprints worldwide computer training and Microsoft’s engineer training. In addition, Mike was a Captain in the USMC and has spoken at NASA, many secular and Christian universities, churches around the world, state homeschool conventions and secular and Christian schools.

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