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"Too often I see ministry leaders who could use a crash course in improving their communication chops. This book is that course! Terry Linhart has brought together the best teachers to help us understand how teaching and learning intersect with ministry to young people. This book is loaded with biblical concepts and practical examples. When you're done digesting all that's here, you'll have new confidence and a skill set that will make you a more effective teacher. Whether you're studying this in a college classroom or you're a veteran youth worker looking to improve, I'm happy to recommend this book to you."
--Doug Fields, veteran youth worker, author, and cofounder of Download Youth Ministry
"For decades Christian education has been a staple of ministry. The idea that to grow we must be taught is not new, but as culture has changed the role and methods of teaching have changed. In response to these changes, Terry Linhart has brought together some of the finest thinkers in Christian education to equip Christian teachers to faithfully and effectively fulfill their calling. Teaching the Next Generations will be a valuable resource for teachers for years to come."
--Chap Clark, author of Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith; Fuller Theological Seminary
"Terry is a good friend and youth ministry thought leader. I welcome his input in my life in any way, shape, or form. The input in this book contains helpful guidance on effective communication. I need all the help I can get, and I bet it will benefit you too."
--Josh Griffin, cofounder of Download Youth Ministry
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About the Author
Terry Linhart (PhD, Purdue University) is director of the youth ministry and adolescent studies program, professor of youth ministry, and chair of the department of religion and philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He previously served in full-time youth ministry for fifteen years with Youth for Christ and as a youth pastor. Linhart directs the Youth Specialties Academic Support Network and is the author of six books.
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1) Core Concepts
Allen Jackson links teaching with discipleship and presents various models on discipleship. From the Old Testament, Jeff Keuss gives a theological angle by understanding our formation in terms of "cycles in our faith journey." Ron Belsterling adopts several New Testament passages to show us the scriptural basis of teaching. Bob MacRae looks at the quality of the teacher and reflects on the six characteristics of an effective Christian teacher. Mark Cannister describes the five basic philosophies of education; the three curriculums; the three educational objectives; and gives us a broad overview before encouraging us to adopt and adapt them to our contexts. Andrew Root connects the shape of human knowledge and Christian ministry to help us teach the young to stay balanced even as they ponder upon their own spiritual journeys.
2) Influences that Shape Learning
This section provides a dialogue between theology and educational psychology. Barrett McRay looks at the way people learn and the three dimensions of learning: Cognitive; Behavioral; and Dispositional. Karen Jones recognizes the unique learning abilities of individuals and compares the global and analytic characteristics of learning. She uses Howard Gardner's eight intelligences and the five learning styles inventories to show us that the key to learning is to understand our own learning dispositions. Sharon Galgay Ketcham adopts a social theory of learning and the importance of community to the educational objectives of the organization. David Rahn believes that the key to learning is motivation while Ginny Olson notices the intricate relationship between culture and diversity of learning.
3) Three Curricular Implications for Teaching
Effective teaching requires a good roadmap. Terry Linhart says that there are currently two types of curricular theories. The first is the "technical one" where one identifies the desired outcome and then plans accordingly. The second is the experiential one where one literally learns on the fly. He then lists several curriculum formats one can use. Scottie May chooses to focus on teaching children and suggests six concepts. Amanda Drury believes that teaching young adults requires an understanding of stages of faith theory. Brenda Snailum sees families as integral to the learning experience of the children. Ken Castor sees equipping generative faith and leadership as fundamental ways to influence young adults. Mark Hayse takes a look at educational technology and provides us some useful questions to mix and match resources with methods.
4) Methods for Christian Teaching
This section focuses on the how-to ways to teach. Duffy Robbins looks at the laws of learning and the importance of learning by doing. Troy Temple uses the discussion platform to facilitate learning. Jason Lanker gives some tips on how to teach large groups. James Hampton adopts the storyline technique while Karen McKinney points out the way to learn via simulation. Doug Gilmer contrasts and asserts the importance of learning outdoors in a world where people are increasingly living indoors.
5) Managing Teaching for Maximum Impact
Teaching for impact is a concern for many teachers. No one likes their students to learn quickly and forget quickly. Kerry Loescher says that constant evaluations facilitates continuous learning experiences. Robert Brandt believes that equipping others to teach is a way forward to pass the learning and teaching baton. Freddy Cardoza gives a theology of technology and uses modern technologies for learning.
This book is one of the most comprehensive handbooks on Christian Education and learning. With 26 different contributors all coming from different walks of life and experiences, all of them share the same passion and concern: To enable better learning for all. The title of the book suggests the focus is the next generations, which is also about passing down the baton to the next in line. By putting together their shared expertise and knowledge, this book itself has gotten the ball rolling. With the rich experiences shared, this is an invaluable resource for any teacher to begin with. Whether it is planning something from ground zero, or to improve existing curriculums, or enrich present learning environments, it challenges us to think beyond our existing boxes of learning.
I appreciate the way the various articles have been categorized. Each article is brief and clearly demarcated with points and easy to follow arguments. There are questions at the end of each chapter to help us engage with the content and also to summarize important learning pointers. The bibliography at the end provides advanced readers some resources for further research. This resource is particularly helpful because not only does it show us how to learn, it reveals many insights on how we learn.
Terry Linhart is Professor of Youth Ministry at Bethel College in Indiana. He is also advisor to Youth Specialties and all things youth ministries.
Rating: 5 stars of 5.
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As Terry Linhart writes in the introduction, “The truth is that young people are still wired to learn. They do wonder about important questions, and they still engage in what is meaningful and relevant. Perhaps part of the problem today is not with the learners but is on the side of the teaching. It certainly feels like at no other time in recent history has it been as important for Christian teaching to be effective, engaging and of excellent quality.” (page x).
Twenty-six contributors lend many different voices to this important topic of teaching the next generation. This book has a careful and well-executed design. It makes great use of subheads throughout the book. Each chapter includes Questions and Activities which are thoughtful and help readers dig into the contents of the chapter. Also each chapter includes a Further Reading section.
While this book comes from an academic perspective, every Christian who teaches others will find inspiration, insight and valuable information in TEACHING THE NEXT GENERATIONS. I highly recommend this book. Read it carefully with a yellow highlighter so you can return to it often to influence how you teach the next generation.
W. Terry Whalin is an editor and the author of more than 60 books including his latest Billy Graham: A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist