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Integrating Your Faith in the Online Environment. Karen Jacobs, School of Business Wayne Jacobs, School of Education LeTourneau University. Faith Integration. Mandated in Scripture Romans 12:2, Matthew 22:37 Example for life Matthew 5:13-15 Sets our school apart.

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integrating your faith in the online environment

Integrating Your Faithin the Online Environment

Karen Jacobs, School of Business

Wayne Jacobs, School of Education LeTourneau University

faith integration
Faith Integration
  • Mandated in Scripture

Romans 12:2, Matthew 22:37

  • Example for life

Matthew 5:13-15

  • Sets our school apart
foundations of integration
Foundations of Integration

#1 Prayer

Provides the foundation

for all

integration activities

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Foundations of Integration

#2 Identify

  • foundational ideas
  • issues in the field
  • aspects of character and virtue

related to the issues

  • needed leadership qualities/distinctives
character and virtue in management
Character and Virtue in Management
  • “What would Jesus do?”
  • Case studies on
  • Joshua and Nehemiah
leadership qualities in wellness
Leadership Qualities in Wellness

What would Jesus do about…

food choices at weddings?

illness prevention?

feasting at banquets?

work-related stress?

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Foundations of Integration

#3 Reflect on and search the Scriptures.

#4 Design devotionals

around subject matter.

Begin each week with these Scriptures.

Salt on the Net

devotion for management
Devotion for Management
  • 2 Corinthians 13:5
  • “examine yourselves”
  • Scriptural basis for conducting
  • self-assessments as part of
  • an Organizational Behavior course.
devotion for wellness
Devotion for Wellness

Psalm 92:12

Could Jesus pass the

“Presidential Fitness Test”?

God desires that His children thrive and not just survive.

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Foundations of Integration

#5 Develop questions

and activities linking

Scripture to class content.

questions for wellness
Questions for Wellness
  • How should a Christian respond to stress?
  • What does it mean to be “strong in the Lord”?
  • What would God’s view of eating disorders look like?
  • Is fasting Scriptural? Why/why not?
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Foundations of Integration

#6 Use assignments designed

to encourage seeking God’s guidance and wisdom.

assignments for management
Assignments for Management
  • Character Studies
  • Prayer Assignment
  • Management and the Scriptures
assignments for wellness
Assignments for Wellness

Scripture and health

Behavior and choices

Spiritual health and the body

course creation ideas
Course Creation Ideas

Course Purpose Statement

Mission Statement

course purpose statement
Course Purpose Statement

The purpose of this course is to critically

examine (discipline) concepts

within the context of a spiritual

(distinctively Christian) commitment.

From this perspective, students will be encouraged to adopt attitudes and make behavioral choices that support spiritual values. Students are encouraged to find connections of course content to their faith and share with other members of the class.

integration statement
Integration Statement

(Our college/university) is built upon a foundation of Biblical authority,

which seeks to glorify God by integrating faith, learning, and living.

Key Faith components are integrated

into this course through weekly devotionals, as well as through

interaction and discussion threads.

discussion boards
Discussion Boards

Online students benefit

when they interact with

each other and learn

from each other.

discussion board question
Discussion Board Question
  • How do you perceive the connection between your faith and your profession?
discussion board questions
Discussion Board Questions
  • How should a Christian react to stress?
  • What does it mean to rest on the Sabbath?
  • Can a Christian be a slave to food?
management integration ideas
Management Integration Ideas

Questions for personal philosophy:

  • Perceptions of followers to a manager/leader
  • Qualities admired/esteemed in management
  • The power of influence on followers
  • Biblical beliefs supporting one’s philosophy
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Management Integration Ideas
  • Examples of Scripture integration
  • Personal struggles (Romans 7:15-25)
  • Behavior change (Philippians 3:13-14)
  • Stress management (Psalm 23)
  • Leadership (Nehemiah)
health wellness integration ideas
Health/Wellness Integration Ideas
  • Creating personal mission statements
  • Behavior change using Paul’s struggles in Romans 7:15-25 and in Philippians 3:13-14
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Health/Wellness integration ideas
  • Hebrews 12:1-3 - running
  • Romans 8:28-29 - cancer
  • James 4:13-17 - CVR disease
  • Psalm 73:26 - strength training
  • James 1:2-4 - flexibility
  • Eccles. 3:11-13 - nutrition
  • Psalm 23 - stress management
christ in the classroom
Christ in the Classroom
  • Pray and stay in the Word
  • Don’t compare yourself to other teachers
  • Always strive to learn more
  • Re-evaluate your teaching methods regularly
  • Share your faith
  • Stay positive
what is our reward
What is our reward?

“The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the

work of His Hands.” Psalm 19:1

We seek to celebrate God’s glory

and greatness seen in creation. Integration satisfies the human

quest for joy and praise.

contact information
Contact Information