learning focus

Direct the Learning Focus: The Mechanics of Teaching and Learning (Part 3)

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ver the last two posts, I have been trying to explain in simple terms what I’ve personally found most useful in my pursuit of teaching and learning. This post is intended to shed some light on where teaching and learning begin: with directing the learning focus. My prayer is that you’ll find refreshment in your ministry as you engage in the process …


Using My Very First Holy Bible as a Household Devotional

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nyone with a young family understands the challenge of finding solid devotional material for the whole household. There are lots of fantastic options out there; don’t get me wrong. Personally, though, I struggled to find one that would work okay with my kids, who are in preschool and lower elementary school. Then, oddly enough, I found that it was right …

Bible Stories

5 Reasons Adults Should Learn Bible Stories

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ible stories are unfortunately usually seen as the stuff of Sunday School, picture Bibles, and children’s messages. It’s true. A general bias I’ve seen from adults in the parish is that Bible stories are cute and may be good for teaching morality lessons, but they’re not all that relevant to us today. We say that Bible stories, much like fairy …


Why Alignment Matters in Parish Education—and How to Build It

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—Alignment is the arrangement of all ministries and staff in an educational system around a shared goal. This makes sense on paper, but it is really difficult to achieve in reality. Moving toward greater alignment in the parish, however, can have a really big payoff in the end. Here’s why alignment is so important for parish education—and also a few tips for …