The Ministry of Teaching: Introduction to Religious Education


Program Masters
Field of Study Ministry
Class# MED-310

This is an introductory course in religious education, focusing on theological understandings of religious education, the ways that cultural and congregational life educate people, and the ways in which one is simultaneously “pastor”, “teacher” and “learner”. The course will not simply review theory; through site visits, interaction with practicing religious educators, and the use of and creation of Web resources, the course will strive to be practical as well theoretical and to help students (1) become acquainted with some basic literature of religious education, (2) understand how cultural and congregational life educates people, (3) understand what constitutes teaching and learning, and to ponder where “education” happens in ministry settings, and (4) develop skills and strategies for continual discovery and creation of educational resources and networks which can be used in church settings.