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  1. Integrating Your Faithin the Online Environment Karen Jacobs, School of Business Wayne Jacobs, School of Education LeTourneau University

  2. Faith Integration • Mandated in Scripture Romans 12:2, Matthew 22:37 • Example for life Matthew 5:13-15 • Sets our school apart

  3. Foundations of Integration #1 Prayer Provides the foundation for all integration activities

  4. Foundations of Integration #2 Identify • foundational ideas • issues in the field • aspects of character and virtue related to the issues • needed leadership qualities/distinctives

  5. Foundational Issues in Management

  6. Issues in the Field of Wellness

  7. Character and Virtue in Management • “What would Jesus do?” • Case studies on • Joshua and Nehemiah

  8. Leadership Qualities in Wellness What would Jesus do about… food choices at weddings? illness prevention? feasting at banquets? work-related stress?

  9. 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 www.sotn.org

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

  11. Devotion for Wellness Psalm 92:12 Could Jesus pass the “Presidential Fitness Test”? God desires that His children thrive and not just survive.

  12. Foundations of Integration #5 Develop questions and activities linking Scripture to class content.

  13. 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?

  14. Foundations of Integration #6 Use assignments designed to encourage seeking God’s guidance and wisdom.

  15. Assignments for Management • Character Studies • Prayer Assignment • Management and the Scriptures

  16. Assignments for Wellness Scripture and health Behavior and choices Spiritual health and the body

  17. Course Creation Ideas Course Purpose Statement Mission Statement

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Discussion Boards Online students benefit when they interact with each other and learn from each other.

  21. Discussion Board Question • How do you perceive the connection between your faith and your profession?

  22. 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?

  23. 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

  24. 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)

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. Contact Information karenjacobs@letu.edu waynejacobs@letu.edu