There is a move afoot to eliminate traditional lectures from university courses. Research shows that just 10% of information communicated in a lecture is retained.
The long lecture format is being replaced with 'active learning' methods, where students complete the reading before the class. Then in class, students are organized into small groups of 6 where they solve issues and problems. Applying what they have just learnt.
The lecturer becomes a facilitator, a guide on the journey, rather than an information spigot.
What if sermons, how we teach within worship, was more towards 'active learning'?
Where congregation members pre-read the Bible passages and some commentary, then within the worship service, come together in small groups to discuss how what they have read helps deal with the issues and the challenges of life?
Based on research, it would appear this would increase our learning.
Could it therefore deepen our relationship with God? More than the traditional approach does?
Be worth testing.
What do you think?