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With limited time and space for Sunday morning adult education, one congregation chooses a book to read as a community; conversation and community grow.
One church uses a non-traditional time for adult education book study to capture a community’s need for civil discourse.
Church can expand adult formation and education options, use an online platform, and build community. ChurchNext is an affordable option that we recommend.
If your church is like my church, you’ve got a few years’ worth of discarded curricula hanging around in your Sunday School closet. And if your church is like my church, you’ve also got a population of harried, overworked adults, with or without kids, for whom clearing out a weekday evening every week for Bible study is simply out of the question.
A new adult education series that takes a refreshing approach through the Bible, focusing on the stories, characters, and our connection to them.
I wanted to share something my parish is doing that is breathing a lot of life into our adult formation. It is easy to do, and the congregation is loving it. Also, in terms of planning, I am not having to create new and topics every week. It is based in Bible reading, but has some advantages over the Bible in a Year challenge.
And that pretty much sums up the recipe for this amazing new class at Immanuel Episcopal Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia. The ingredients are simple: food, drink, conversation, hospitality and learning in a casual restaurant setting. The Rev. Anne Lane Witt, the Rector at Immanuel wanted an adult formation opportunity that combined these elements AND was out in their local community not within the walls of the church.
“Prayer Books and Potables” is the result. It is a monthly gathering of adults of all ages – some in her church and some not connected to any church – who share a meal and study a particular topic in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.
It’s purpose: to restore the role of Lent and Easter in forming the church as a community of disciples, welcoming new disciples, and renewing a sense of God’s call to the church in baptism.
Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end. Amen.
“Today, churches and religions are challenged to find the appropriate metaphors to maximize the new opportunities that media presents and come to terms with a fundamental shift in reading practices that digitality has brought about,” said Daniel Ramirez, an assistant professor of North American religious history at the University of Michigan.
While nearly nine-in-ten Americans own a Bible, 61 percent say they wish they read it more, and according to studies by the Barna Group, Bible literacy is at an all time low. Much of this can be accredited to the collective experience of readers having difficulty in comprehending scripture.
The writer of Genesis harbored a wider vision that included saving more than only humans. That writer did something else as well. He placed the emphasis of this story entirely elsewhere, on the divine vow never again to destroy; Noah makes no promises at all.
Yes, small groups are the education model for adults of the future. However, in my suburban congregation adults do not typically attend any of these adult formation opportunities. We are fortunate in that we have an average Sunday attendance of 200+ and many adults engaged in worship and outreach ministries. But learning opportunities? Not so much. No one has the time. Work, children, commutes, sports – you know the list. What’s a congregation to do?
Lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. They need a theological education which supports their faith and also teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events.
We’ve moved from the conventional question to an experiential (or spiritual) question that has to do with how we experience belief. People will ask me the question sometimes multiple times in a single day, “How do you believe that?”
They walked in the steps of Jesus of Nazareth, who summons disciples of every generation with the words, “Follow me.” Their pilgrimage was part of other pilgrimages of the past, because in their walking they showed that discipleship is really about what you do with your feet.
Those churches that have a designated person (staff) to oversee educational ministries have more consistent and well attended programs, compensating for the lack of time that volunteers are able to give toward organizing and implementing such programs.