Transforming Teachers - Transformational education

  • 3W - Three Worlds

    “…a team of committed Christians experienced in cross-cultural ministry…in the Europe/Middle East region” involved in “education, discipleship and business”

  • Anyone hear a trumpet?

    I was challenged by some questions posed in an article published in the December 2008 edition of eg by The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. "In the aftermath of the credit crunch, Mark Greene wonders what lessons we will have to learn about transforming our society and the organisations we engage with."

  • BFA - Black Forest Academy

    TeachBeyond school that “provides a quality, international Christian education that equips its students to influence their world through biblical thought, character, and action”

  • Can seeker-friendly schools be the door to disciples-only churches?

    By Harold Klassen, Educational consultant, TeachBeyond, Abbotsford, BC

    It seems to me that the solution to the problem of how to reach the unchurched world is to provide seeker-friendly schools instead of seeker-friendly churches. Isn’t it somewhat incongruous that we have strict entrance requirements for Christian schools while attempting to get as many people as possible to come to “church?”

  • Crossing over into postmodernity

    In the appendix to his book, God Our Teacher:Theological Basics in Christian Education, Robert W. Pasmiño discussing some “educational invitations” that are related to the movement into postmodernity. To whet your appetite and stimulate your thinking, I’d like to introduce you to the first of his invitations: return to relational bonds revealed in the Trinity.

    “Transformation is central to the journey of faith with our triune God. God is in the business of bringing new life and sustaining life beyond what humans conceive is feasible or desirable.”

  • CSM - missional Christian school

    What do you call a school started by Christians, using Christian curriculum materials, and known as being based on a Biblical, Christian foundation that has Muslim teachers?...a missional Christian school! It certainly isn't a "normal" Christian school.

  • Edu Deo Ministries

    "…a Canadian, Christian, mission organization serving children in developing countries with quality education rooted in a Biblical worldview"

  • Education gives vulnerable children hope for a better future

    International (MNN) – Following the London terror attack this past weekend, it was revealed that one of the assailants, Khuram Shazad Butt, had previously been reported to the police for trying to radicalize young children.

    It’s nothing new, as Islamic extremists often target the most vulnerable people to indoctrinate.

  • Fiction and the Christian faith

    Boy reading bookBy Robin Phillips, November 19, 2012 in the Christian Worldview Journal

    My dad, Michael Phillips, is a Christian novelist, so as I was growing up fiction played an important role in our lives. His career began by editing the novels of George MacDonald before he branched out to begin writing his own novels.

    Though my father was a good story-teller, he never intended to just tell stories as an end in itself. Rather, he sought to use his fiction ministry to draw people closer to God the Father, and to spur believers on to a life of more faithful obedience to the commands of scripture.

    Growing up it was sometimes interesting to hear people object to my father’s writing ministry. “Why not just tell the truth plainly, instead of putting it into stories?” I would sometimes hear people say. Other times I would sometime people say something like this: “If I wanted to learn more about the Lord, a novel would be the last book I would pick up. Why not go straight to the Bible or to works of theology?”

  • Hannah More the educator

    HannahMoreToday I discovered an influential educator about whom I knew nothing—Hannah More. Learning more about people who have sought to see a Biblical worldview shape their understanding and practise of education is both interesting and helpful, especially when they are able to communicate why and how they do what they do. Although two hundred years is plenty of time to forget an individual's contribution, it is now possible to understand more of the breadth of a person's influence. Hannah More is best known as a writer and advocate for the abolition of slavery, but education was also an area where she used her gifts to challenge the status quo in education for middle-and upper-class girls as well as lower-class children in Sunday Schools. As a member of the Clapham Sect she was part of a group that played a pivotal role in the transformation of English society at the beginning of the 19th century.

    Karen Swallow Prior, Professor of English at Liberty University, wrote Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist which looks at Hannah's life and achievement from a somewhat different perspective than Anne Stott's, Hannah More: The first Victorian. Dr. Prior was interviewed by Dr. Beth Green who is Program Director for Education at Cardus in "Hearing lost voices: Risky friendships and faithful presence." Obviously, I haven't had time today to ready both of the books and the many articles I've discovered, but my reading list just got a bit longer. You can get started with the the interview and then go to the very condensed version at Awesome Stories–another discovery today, Wikipedia, or a host of other sources. Finding out that Eric Metaxas had written the foreword of Karen Prior’s book was an added bonus because his biographies about William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer come highly recommended as well.

  • Introduction

    Happy face stamp imageTransforming Teachers exists to help develop distinctively Christian thinking and teaching that will make a difference in the lives of teachers and students alike.

    Teachers can’t help influencing their students when they are convinced that personally knowing the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer is essential to understanding what He has made. They become excited about studying all facets of our Father’s world because it reveals His greatness and goodness—and enthusiasm is contagious. Seeking to fulfill His purposes shifts the focus from self to others. Hope is awakened as the indwelling Spirit gives the power to actually do what God wants.  Everything starts to change when Christ is acknowledged as central to all of life, here and now, as well as in eternity.

    All Christian teachers everywhere—including parents, pastors, children and youth workers, as well as public and private school teachers—can be involved. Because so many have learned from their teachers to ignore Christ when studying “secular” subjects, breaking the cycle is not easy. Finding resources that appropriately and intentionally connect God’s world and God’s Word can be difficult.

    Explore the life-changing possibility of becoming a more Christ-centered, Bible-based, and others-oriented educator. Share resources to help teachers prepare the leaders of tomorrow by example and instruction. Become part of the Transforming Teachers global learning community. 

     

  • Missional defined

    In "Missional vs. Evangelical," S. Michael Craven asked,

    What does it mean to be “missional”? Missional means: to participate in the mission of Jesus in the world, to incarnate in the experiences of our lives and our communities the good news of God’s love for the world.
  • New Hope International

    “…a network of Christian schools with a vision of ‘Bringing hope to people through education and community development’…”

  • Open Schools Worldwide

    “Serving at risk children: a program that delivers hope where there once was poverty and a dim future, an education that meets children literally where they are at, a staff that wants nothing more than to educate and share about Jesus”

  • Rafiki Foundation

    “…seeks to cultivate minds and hearts that love God, their neighbor, and all that is true, good, and beautiful”

  • Schools: A no brainer for a church on mission

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    What is Christ's real mission for the Church? Is it not to impact culture by driving back the darkness and depravity of sin with the hope and power and revelation of the gospel? Is it not to bring to every broken life the transformation and healing made possible through Jesus' name and the work of the Spirit? …"There is no place of greater opportunity to impact lives and culture for Christ than through schools."

  • Scripture's window to the world

    We believe that the pervasive presence of technology in our lives justifies a careful examination as Christians seek to appraise all things according to the mind of Christ. Biblical-mindedness requires of us the wisdom to understand how the texts of Scripture speak to the issues of the day.

  • The classroom: Place of ministry or door to ministry

    If the "stuff" we do in the classroom isn't changed by Christ, we can hardly call what we are doing Christian education. Godly role-modelling, God-honoring excellence, and God-worshipping chapel services are vitally important, but if the educational core is not transformed by Christ, we will confirm the impression that He is an optional extra in life—an attractive option, but not essential. "Real life," the things that are important, like instruction, methodology, evaluation, and curriculum don't need Him. It's easy to give the impression that leaving Him out of 90% of the school day is OK, as long as He gets a few moments honorable mention in morning devotions.

    Christian education is the process of preparing a person for life in which all elements—purpose, teacher, student, content, methodology, philosophy, objectives, assessment, environment, etc.—are related to Christ and are being transformed by Him. Anywhere He is being revealed as the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and Ruler of His world through the life of His children and through His Word, ministry is being done. Some situations may allow the the instruction to be more overt, but any classroom where a teacher is intentional about representing and revealing Christ by exploring the "what has been made" so that "God's invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature" are "clearly seen" (Romans 1:20)—is serving Christ and others.

  • TT Brochure

    Teachers are needed

    • 100s of millions have no school teachers at all.
    • “Everyone” is unsatisfied with minimal formal education because education is seen as the only hope for a better future, especially if it includes English.
    • Billions are taught by teachers who believe in false gods, no god, an irrelevant god, or a god that is only interested in a small part of life.
    • Millions of Christian children and youth are becoming like their dedicated, gifted, but godless teachers whose lives communicate that meaning and success in life can be achieved without Christ.

    Teachers make a difference

    Imagine a country where a third of all children are enrolled in schools where they are taught to relate their faith to all of life. Thousands of small schools provide free education, free lodging and free food to poor children for whom there is no hope within the public system. Well-funded flagship schools provide opportunities for large numbers to be well-trained as leaders in their communities and nation. Image the difference such a system makes as foreign believers commit their resources to help needy people. Lives are eternally impacted by teachers who share their understanding of God’s nature and ways.

    Could it ever happen? Is it possible in this secularized world to imagine such a powerful system to impact people? It is happening today in the madrasas (religious schools) of Pakistan and the Middle East as a whole generation of children and young people are taught the Koran and the principles of Islam, and they are changing the political landscape of the world.

    1500 years ago missionary teachers transformed Western civilization as Irish monks taught Europe the Scriptures as central to understanding everything.

    In the past two centuries Christian teachers have been instrumental in opening whole nations to the Gospel by shaping the thinking of leaders.

    The world needs teachers who have been transformed by their relationship to God so that they can be used by Him in transforming students who in turn will become the transformers of their world.

    Transforming Teachers

    Many doubt the relevance of Christ because Christians have only talked about the Bible and allowed anyone else to teach everything else. Teachers are needed who understand that personally knowing the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer is essential to understanding His world. God and His Word must be connected to our study of God’s world. Lives will be transformed when God is acknowledged as central to all aspects of life here and now, as well as in eternity.

    All Christian teachers everywhere including parents, pastors, children and youth workers need to be involved. Because so many have learned from their teachers to ignore Christ in their classrooms, teachers need help to become the kind of transforming teachers that will prepare by example and instruction the leaders of tomorrow.

    Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey everything He has commanded… so who isn’t called to be a teacher?

    Our Vision

    Children and young people of the world relating all of life and learning to Christ and the Bible—just like their teachers.

    Our Mission

    Mobilizing and equipping teachers around the world who are called by Christ, committed to discipleship, and competent to integrate everything they teach with the truth of God’s Word—Great Commission teachers planting tomorrow’s churches today.

  • Walking the path: The religious lives of young adults in North America

    Walking the pathNew research finds that attending a Protestant Evangelical high school has a very positive influence on graduates’ level of religious and spiritual lives as young adults.

    The latest Cardus Religious Schools Initiative research report, authored by University of Notre Dame sociologist Dr. David Sikkink, explores the journey of Protestant Evangelical high school graduates as young adults.

    The report reveals the strong, measurable, and positive influence on gradates’ level of regular church attendance, personal prayer, and Bible reading.

    And it helps bust the myth that attending a Christian high school will turn people off from their religious faith when they enter adulthood. Instead, that faith identity grows stronger and graduates display strong involvement in church leadership, volunteering, and giving.

    Download the full report to learn more. Check out the Cardus press release or follow along as Dr. Beth Green, Cardus Education program director, explains it all to Convivium’s Peter Stockland!

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