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?”

  • Cardus Education report released

    Cardus research report From the Cardus Education Newsletter, March 3, 2018

    New research examines the impact of Evangelical Protestant education on emphasizing generous attitudes and behaviours within their graduates.

    Did you know that evangelical protestant graduates demonstrate a greater willingness to be generous and a sense of social solidarity?

    Read the latest Cardus Religious Schools Initiative research report, authored by University of Notre Dame sociologist Dr. David Sikkink, which explores the journey of Catholic and Protestant Evangelical high school graduates as young adults. This is the third paper released in this series.

    This report examines the correlation between religious school attendance, pro-social attitudes, and civic involvement. Are religious school graduates more like to vote, attend a community meeting, or engage in some other action that contributes to the common good? Author David Sikkink at the University of Notre Dame examines these issues through an analysis of a major American longitudinal data set.

    Download the full report here to learn more about these unique findings.

  • 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.

  • Faith-in-Scholarship

    "…a network of fellowship and support for Christian thinkers both in and out of the university"

  • 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.

  • Impact 360 Institute

    "Cultivation leaders who follow Jesus" through life-changing experiences

  • 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”

  • REALiTYBiTES

    "…specialises in telling real-life stories that unlock Christian faith and get people thinking about Jesus"

  • 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."

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