Active Church you say?

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?

3 thoughts on “Active Church you say?

  1. I think the evidence is compelling for teaching but i think the format is more appropriate for a Christian formation (education) class as opposed to worship. Personally, i hold on to sermons that contain a personal witness and real life application of the text as opposed to theory and interpretation. In the Episcopal Church, the high point of worship isnt the sermon but communion. We expect that adults will continue to study scripture outside of worship their entire lives. Making adult formation relevant and engaging is so important. Thank you for your words, Mark. You are a true seeker.


  2. I’m for whatever stops people from simply seeking head knowledge from lectures and moving toward an understanding of Scripture so that it gets lived out in a person’s daily living.


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