Transformational Teaching in Children’s Ministry
Prerequisite: Read Children Matter: Finding Their Place in the Church, Family and Community by Scottie May et al.
This course is intended to equip the student to: 1) understand, appreciate and evaluate the role and character of a Christian teacher, 2) investigate various methods and perspectives of Children’s Ministry educational models, 3) promote the spiritual growth of a child through curriculum design, planning and evaluation.
1) Integrate an understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in the process of teaching and learning.
2) Gain insights into your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher, in order to deepen your understanding and identity as a Christian teacher and employ ensuing implications.
3) Understand the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual developmental stages of children from birth to age twelve in order to develop age appropriate programming and curriculum.
4) Understand the educational and philosophical theories behind today’s Children’s Ministry teaching models in order to choose a model that biblically aligns itself to a specific church’s philosophy of ministry.
5) Evaluate and adapt new or existing educational materials, instructional settings and contemporary curriculum models in order to accomplish ministry purposes.
6) Increase proficiency in selecting various teaching methods that will help maximize the effectivess of educational settings (including storytelling, guided conversation, games, music, review, art, drama, puppetry and media).
7) Approach scripture humbly to determine appropriate ways the content of the Bible can be taught to faciliate spiritual growth.
8) Create effective curriculum for one age group and setting using the Bible as the primary text.
9) Develop a Children’s Ministry Map that facilitates the spiritual growth of a child: bible stories, theological teaching, spiritual disciplines, and the ability to confidently use and understand the Bible.
Graduate syllabus used for Fall 2011
Undergraduate syllabus used for Fall 2011
Lecturer – Dr. Michelle Anthony
The class lecturer for the Fall 2011 course was Dr. Michelle Anthony. Dr. Anthony has over 25 years of practical church ministry/leadership experience and is currently serving as the Family Ministry Architect for David C. Cook Publishing. She has written over a dozen resources in Children’s/Youth/Family ministries, including Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families, The Big God Story, and A Theology for Family Ministries. Michelle enjoys teaching, speaking and serving in missions abroad.
Michelle earned her B.A. from BIOLA University in Christian Education and her M.A. in Christian Education with an emphasis in Theology from Talbut School of Theology, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Southern Seminary.
Professor of Record (grading): Dr. Curtis Congo, Doctorate of Education.