Faith MarketsBiblically integrated teaching and learning

The Summit equips educators to effectively lead their students in integrating a Biblical worldview into their lives.

The Summit features influential experts on Biblical integration to answer

  • What is Biblical integration?
  • Why is Biblical integration foundational to a Christian education?
  • How is Biblically integrated education done effectively?

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What: Experts on Biblically integrated instruction explain

  • What is Biblical integration?
  • Why is Biblical integration foundational to a Christian education?
  • How is Biblically integrated education done effectively?

Why: The Summit equips educators to effectively lead their students in integrating a Biblical worldview into their lives.

Corruption in the church is not new. I think of the priests who operated houses of prostitution in Geneva, in the 1500's.

The people ran the bishop out of town in 1530. William Farel, a French evangelist, came in 1531. His co-worker, Antoine Froment cried in the markeplace, "We must reform the church in order to reform the nation!"

Farel sought John Calvin, demanding he come to Geneva to apply the theology he was writing about. Calvin came at the age of 27, and rebuilt this broken city on three essentials:

  1. Preaching the Gospel: "…so that people would be saved and start to be transformed and the church would be restored to biblical purity."
  2. Teaching: "…so that people would know how to live, the authorities would know how to govern, and all would know how to work in their different spheres."
  3. Accountability: "…so that the teaching would not just be theoretical but applied in all areas of life."

Calvin had no room for a Sacred-Secular Divide. He believed "holy vocations" included the work of the banker as well as the pastor, and advised bankers to not charge high interest rates, identifying this as the sin of "usury" in the Bible. Calvin understood that Jesus is the Lord of all banks.

Geneva became "a city on a hill," where a healthy church of transformed people engaging in God-glorifying work throughout every sphere of life in the city brought righteous commerce and just governance to the public square from the inside out, not the outside in.

John Knox came to Geneva and took what he learned to Scotland. English believers were influenced by Geneva, and later brought the so-called "Protestant Work Ethic" to North America.

See Thomas Bloomer's, "Calvin and Geneva: Nation-Building Missions." Click here.

Exploring or learning about anything in God’s world without considering God’s revelation of His plans and purposes for His creation is foolishness. But of course, you know that the Bible, God’s word, is important. Obviously, anything that claims to be Christ-centered must be Bible-based or it is merely the figment of our imagination. But what exactly is the role of the Bible in education? Why do many students struggle to see the relevance of the Bible? Why do many teachers find transformational interactions with their students so much easier outside the classroom, rather than in the midst of studying the details of what God has made, where Romans 1:19-20 says His power and nature are clearly seen?

VV200A simple, memorable diagram like the Visual Valet - Personal assistant for Christian thinkers and teachers, may be worth more than thousands of words about Biblical integration and Christian philosophy of education. A single page summary of three major ways this visual organizer can be used, is available in multiple languages.

Swiss army knifeChristian thinking involves everything in creation as well as the infinite Creator. Busy teachers and maturing students need something to help them. The Visual Valet is just such a personal assistant. Though it may not be sophisticated enough for philosophers and educational theoreticians, it can assist you in becoming a distinctively Christian thinker and teacher. Like a Swiss army knife, it may be incomplete and unsuitable for large projects, but extremely valuable for many daily tasks.

Take out a clean sheet of paper, and write the following at the top: My Personal Board of Directors. 

In the middle of the page, draw an oval to represent a large conference room table. Print your own name at one end of the table. Around this table, print the names of six or seven others who currently influence you the most—in a positive way. They may be living or deceased. They may be people you have not met, such as authors, media personalities, sports figures, or musicians. They may be people you've known for decades. These are the voices you turn to, listen to, and learn the most from. These are the voices you take seriously when you want counsel, ideas, motivation, companionship, guidance, or a boost of confidence. 

"The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books—a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects."

Albert Einstein