The Pedagogy of Liturgy. Teaching Ministry Faith Formation Christian Education. Remembering our purpose: . There is a word, that is a very important word to the faith formation of every person There is a word, that is a very important word to the worship of every congregation
There is a word, that is a very important word to the faith formation of every person
There is a word, that is a very important word to the worship of every congregation
There is a word, that is a very important word that will shape every teaching moment in the church.
The word is a Greek word,
an am ne sis anamnesis: much more than remembering: do this in remembrance of me.
Teaching in our liturgy is:
to make the past known in the present:
To make known Christ’s presence today in community through:
Presentation of the Word:
1. Scripture Presentation: Telling the Story
Martin Luther: First of all a good preacher must be able to teach correctly and in an orderly manner.
C.H. Dodd, “History and Gospel” Preaching the Gospel is not the same thing as teaching, delivering moral instruction and exhorting the people. The early church did not make converts by teaching, even passing on the teaching of the Lord. It is by kerygma, not be didache.
Thomas Groome: Christian Education is a group of Christians sharing in dialogue their critical reflection on present action in light of the Christian Story and its vision toward the end of the lived Christian Faith
Components of a Teaching Sermon:
Kerygma:is that part of the Gospel proclamation directed toward the transmission of the sacred story that is foundational to Christian Faith
Didache: is that part of the Gospel teaching directed toward Christian Character, Christian identity and way of life
Good preaching keeps them in conversation with each other!
Proclamation in Faith:
Living Word is mediated through preaching.
Clarification of Christian life, responsibilities and doctrines is through teaching.
Teaching for Baptism
Teaching for The Lord’s Supper
And other offices:
Teaching for Marriage
Teaching for a variety of vocations in the church, lay and ordained.
Teaching for healing and reconciliation
Teaching for dying
Teaching for Social Justice
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Approaching faith formation through the teaching liturgy:
1. Asking the questions:
a. What is the history of Christian Education in the congregation?
b. Who are the teachers, what kind of experiences have they had to prepare them for teaching? What is their faith? And what is their theology of teaching?
C What is the integrative vision or mission or purpose of the church school? And how does it relate to the faith formation goals of the congregation?
Asking the question?
Is there a related goal or objective in content or method for life long formation?
What is the curriculum? How much Scripture and Church history will learners experience?
Does the curriculum relate to the liturgy?
What is the theology of worship? That is how would you describe the worship experience and does it relate to the learning experiences?
How is the liturgy the work of the people?
How are your congregation members prepared for worship?
How do you develop your teaching/learning experiences?
How is your building or worship space used?
Liturgy as foundational
Life in the congregation should be a sign to the world of what life in God’s reign looks like.
How do members of the congregation respond to young people? Elderly? Differently abled? Poor, and those who are vulnerable?
Greeting new folks, how we talk about and to each other, how we organize our life and make decisions and choose leaders reveals our faith development
Are we a smaller congregation, mission or pastoral size, trying to be a program or corporate size congregation?
Tthe hidden teaching expectations of our Teaching ministry curriculum:
Many available professional teachers
Many available leaders who have a passion for formation
An hour “program” opportunity that is developmentally segmented.
A model for education:One size does not fit all
Mission or Family: usually one worship service
Urban:Total Baptismal ministry: BIBLE/CREED/MINISTRY/SCAREMENTS
Educate for independence! Call out gifts..share the message with neighbors..Theology of Abundance/social justice. Small gatherings, even in homes, for formation
Flexibility in offering times/central vision/gathered community
Rural: Teach for the capacity of the church to make its witness. Break down isolation through clustering possibilities( coordination with other congregations either ecumenical/or/inter-denominational: Mission Team: teaching for mutual ministry of all ages
Pastoral :very relational;dynamic, new models (50-150)
1. Clergy are central leadership thus teaching for leadership, leadership that is collegial is important: Pastoral care teams, teaching ministry teams: Life long formation structure to include intergenerational activities/gathered church school for a particular lesson with developmentally appropriate options. Retreat settings work very well. Teaching for and from liturgy is essential. Music ministry may be the way.
2. Adaptive work: engage in the beliefs, the attitudes and expectations of the congregation or the internal culture of the congregation through intentional adult education that includes reflection on worship and Ministry of daily life.
3. Community lies at the heart of Gospel life and mission
4. Organization of teaching around the vision/mission of the congregation
1. Forming small learning communities is essential. Many cells of activity. Greater leadership capacity, ordained not central to mission and vision.
2. Bring together diverse elements with a vision and mission and base teaching around that vision or mission. Worship central, usually several worship opportunities that relate to strong music ministry. Consider the connection between music and teaching.
3. Faith formation of adults essential, usually developmentally segregated classrooms. Strong lay ministry. Usually Sunday School, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Elder Ministry all separated.
4. Teach for administration, pastoral care, Teach for communication.
5. Higher Budget for Formation and Youth activities
6. Mission trips/Teacher Training/Global dimension/commitment to Renewal of Baptismal ministry and equipping the saints. Ministry for daily life, evangelism and seeker tools
Corporate (350 and more active members)
1. Purchased curriculum is often used. Schedule difficulties because of multi-use of building
2. Dynamic charismatic speakers, preachers, which generate energy, the key is to provide teaching that does the same.
3. Budget that supports many activities for adult formation, children, youth and young adult
4. Small learning communities where relational is developed in the context of faith formation is essential for stability and growth
5. Many leaders to choose from; gift discernment in relationship to faith formation is essential.
6. Multiple staff who work collegially evidenced in Sunday liturgy.
After asking the questions, and understanding the culture of the congregation….
What do we do?
Run from our responsibilities:
Take the weight of responsibility into our lives and shoulder it:
Continuously multi-task and never take a break until we can no longer keep our teaching and learning lives spinning
Become very angry at the irresponsible members of our congregation. After all are they really Christian?
Respond out of all the love that God has given us and become a co-creator with God
If indeed our teaching ministry supports our liturgy our communal life of prayer, we need to ask:
How is it with our prayer life? The liturgy is the breath of God, the incarnate body breathing its life as an offering to God.
What do we learn in/from/during our prayers?
About ourselves, those whom we serve, those who are our enemies?
Consider the church to be an educational community rather than a program.
Daily and weekly participation in liturgy
Reflective observation of liturgy
What are the implications ofobservations?
Create new concepts
Calling out of gifts: A teaching approach from a theology of abundance rather than scarcity
Teaching and leading others to name the gifts in the community. Taking a positive look at others and seeing them in the image of God
Gift of Song
gift of story telling
gift of prayer
gift of interpretation of prayers
gift of organization
Teach for change
Teach for growth
Teach for welcoming the stranger
As Tertullian, a third-century theologian commented: “Christians are made, not born”
Consider the Biblical Characteristics of the early church, which functioned in a non-Christian world. What did it’s teaching ministry look like?
Importance of household and baptism
Liturgy central/ consider each Gospel as an expression of liturgy
Teaching for preparation of sacrament
Providing multiple teaching and worship experiences that include newest technology
“Cell” Group learning and mentoring emphasis
Small group worship planning
rebuild the church serve the poor
prayer that leads to serving prayer and serving
Ministry of daily presence ministry of presence
Retreat from institutional church create small communities
Triune God of Creation “I Thirst”
Contemplation and Love Joy and Love
Preparation for marriage as teaching ministry
role and responsibility of community
Preparation for death as teaching ministry
Preparation for confirmation as teaching ministry
To be a missionary church not a maintenance church:
Our Teaching is a call to be faithful
Teaching to reflect critically on society
Learn how to resist the negative influences.
Strategize how we act in ways affect daily lives.
mistakes are ok
time frame: Present
increase in people involved
more of everything
open to feedback
time frame: future
closed to feedback
time frame: blurred
obsession with past
drop-off in participation and energy
resistance to change
time frame: nostalgia: past
One wonders is there a connection between teaching and worship?
Upgrade your teaching ministry:
The Challenge: Discovery of Teaching Ministry as compassionate education of the soul deeply reflective of liturgy, inclusive, multicultural, seeks justice, mission oriented with a focus on the whole person.