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Top 5 Things Churches can Learn from Corporate Training Departments

Top 5 Things Churches can Learn from Corporate Training Departments | eLearning Church | Scoop.it

Churches can learn from corporate training departments in 5 ways including corporate universities and instructional models.

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1. Corporate universities. Since colleges and universities are not providing all the skills needed for their workforce, corporate universities have grown up around identifying gaps in their new hires and developing standard training paths for these employees. In addition, a corporate university can develop custom learning that is adapted to their industries. POINT: Should churches develop training paths for their members that help equip them with a biblical worldview and fill in the gaps found in public K-12 schools?


2. Instructional models. The ADDIE model is a standard and proven instructional design approach used across corporate training department. This process includes 5 steps to designing learning:

– Analysis: determine the target audience, desired learning outcomes, and skill or knowledge gaps that the learning should address.
– Design: create very specific learning objectives to measure achievement of these outcomes, determining the best approach to delivering the training (tutorial, simulations, job aids, etc.)
– Develop: produce the learning program, using SMEs to vet the content and the approach.
– Implement: roll out a pilot of the training, capturing data to identify whether or not the learners have gained mastery and achieved the outcomes identified during the Analysis phase.
– Evaluate: based on the pilot, assess what changes need to be made to the learning content to better address the training need, then revise the training, as needed, and review the content every year for necessary updates.


POINT: Should churches follow an instructional model in designing curriculum? Is it important to evaluate whether or not church members are truly learning biblical principles through the church's various equipping and training methods?


3. Learning repositories. Corporate training departments are good at leveraging resources. By designing learning objects that have the ability to be shared across courses, or across audiences, you can maximize the benefit and expense of designing learning programs.


POINT: Churches should examine current (2014) teaching repositories like RightNow Media and Ministry Grid to gain access to a broad selection of high quality Christian education content. Then, churches need to determine how to best integrate outside content into the church's teaching objectives.


4. Learning from others. According to American Council on Education, 90% of what we learn, we learn from each other. Associations know this very well. Annual meetings are a great opportunity for members to connect and learn from one another, through seminars and breakout sessions. Corporate training departments have carried this further, by implementing coaching and communities of practice (CoP). Likewise, associations can leverage their membership to create virtual and ongoing communities of practice. By creating groups within your association management system or learning management system, like-minded people can come together on a more continual basis, rather than only at annual meetings. These social and business relationship building opportunities will create stronger loyalty to your association, while providing continual learning between members.


POINT: Read "Small Groups." This describes very well the range of possibilities small groups within a church can offer to church members. The essential key is to ensure that small groups in your church are Scripturally based, and not open forum discussions bringing together the lowest common denominator beliefs of the group members. This requires a skilled facilitator.


5. Also, look to your instructors. If you have an online course, consider assigning these SMEs as coaches for their learners. In addition to being available for questions, consider encouraging scheduled “check-ins” with their learners, live webinars around topics, and discussion posting. This communal learning environment will begin to grow a vibrant community that will attract new members and perhaps industry partners to your “association.edu” educational offerings.


POINT: In a church setting, who are the SMEs? It's clear that the SMEs are the teaching pastors in the church. Look for ways to turn your teaching pastors into coaches for church members. At First Family, we accept questions texted in during the message and answer these at the conclusion of the sermon. Each week, we address three questions. 


Chris' Take: there was a time when churches were on the cutting edge of adult learning. Sunday school, after all, was an explosive revolution that impacted the church for 100 years.


Today, churches are lagging behind. Here's the take away from this article: churches can look to secular organizations to learn about methods that work without subjugating the message, which is the teaching of the Word of God.

 



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The New Spiritual Discipline – Refraining from Talking Politics

The New Spiritual Discipline – Refraining from Talking Politics | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
It is so tempting to talk about politics. There is so much low hanging fruit on either side of the aisle that it is a tempting topic to discuss, write about, share on social media, etc.
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4 Essentials for Any Leadership Development Plan

4 Essentials for Any Leadership Development Plan | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
Leadership development can be an overwhelming endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be.
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The Cost of Nondiscipleship

The Cost of Nondiscipleship | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
We hear a lot about the cost of discipleship, but there’s an even greater cost in refusing to follow Christ. What we treasure most will decide how we respond to him.
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Why it's OK to do Church Lite in the summer

Why it's OK to do Church Lite in the summer | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
People are on holiday. There are mild panics as we realise there's no one to play the piano.
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3 Church Metrics That Show a Spiritual ‘Pulse’

3 Church Metrics That Show a Spiritual ‘Pulse’ | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
Beep … beep … beep … beep… When you’re being treated in a hospital, that’s a good sound to hear. It means your heart is beating and the electronic monitor is working properly.
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The miracle of small group discipleship

The miracle of small group discipleship | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
We think of the word 'miracle' and we probably gain a picture of overflowing finances, miraculous healing, great revival or people laughing and crying in the presence of God. But never do we think of small group or discipleship as a miracle.
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Why you may be doing Christian education all wrong: Four false assumptions you need to give up

Why you may be doing Christian education all wrong: Four false assumptions you need to give up | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
by Israel Galindo A problem in perpetuity: Churches appreciate the importance and value of Christian education for the spiritual growth of their members, yet they are consistently frustrated by unsatisfying Christian education programs and...
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5 Steps to Restoring a Prodigal Pastor

5 Steps to Restoring a Prodigal Pastor | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
Restoring fallen members or ministers is not rocket science; it is simply living out the Gospel within our own faith family.
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What do we make of Jesus' strong words about divorce?

What do we make of Jesus' strong words about divorce? | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
A text without a context is a pretext, so let's look closely at Jesus' words about divorce.
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What Does Discipleship Look Like on a Day-to-Day Basis?

What Does Discipleship Look Like on a Day-to-Day Basis? | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
Pastor David Platt discusses what discipleship looks like on a day-to-day basis.
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MultiBrief: Church communication: Why bother?

MultiBrief: Church communication: Why bother? | eLearning Church | Scoop.it

In a church, many people come together from different paths, but they all must come together with the same goal. This basic goal is to learn who Jesus is. Therefore, the main goal of all church communication is to relate that message.


It is a belief that is deeply personal and carries a lot of weight in one's daily life. Everything else grows from that.

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Hidden Discipleship

Hidden Discipleship | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
“Here’s a phrase you’ve never read in Scripture: “And Jesus called aside the apostles saying, ‘take up your discipleship workbooks and gather for the lesson.’” There is no doubt that Jesus was a dis...”
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5 Ways to Use Your Church Database to Build Community | unSeminary

Churches that make a difference in their community have figured out relationships and how to scale. Thirty years ago, the small group movement helped churches break through growth barriers.
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Complexity: What Ministry Programs Do We Stop? and other top posts from July

Complexity: What Ministry Programs Do We Stop? and other top posts from July | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
Check out the conversations that were resonating with TonyMorganLive.com readers in July.
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Does the Pokemon Go App Qualify as Church Technology?

Does the Pokemon Go App Qualify as Church Technology? | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
It has been just about a month, and the fervor of Pokemon Go seems to have not slowed down any. And it is pretty easy to see why: nostalgia, marketing, mobiles, and a healthy dose of a summertime.
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Your First and Most Important Labor: Communion with Christ

Your First and Most Important Labor: Communion with Christ | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
You will never regret one second of time spent pursuing your relationship with Jesus. So run after it.
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Meeting People’s Four Deepest Needs

Meeting People’s Four Deepest Needs | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
Jesus told us that he came so that we would have “life to the fullest” (John 10:10). If that was Jesus’ goal while he was on earth, don’t you think that sh
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5 Ways to Increase Bible Engagement at Your Church | unSeminary

If you get a group of pastors and church leaders together in a room and ask them what they wish they could change about their church, often the topic of discipleship comes up. Leaders want to see people more engaged in spiritual growth.
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3 Reasons to Give Primary Attention to the Sermon Intro

3 Reasons to Give Primary Attention to the Sermon Intro | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
The introduction is the preacher’s tool to excise distractions from the hearing of God’s Word.
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Children's Ministry Leaders: Lead Through Change Like Never Before

Children's Ministry Leaders: Lead Through Change Like Never Before | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
If change is inevitable, then knowing how to lead through change is essential. The rate of cultural change in the West is now happening at such a fast clip and far to many church leaders are feeling ill-equipped for the future we are facing.
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Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Leadership Development According to Dietrich Bonhoeffer | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
Bonhoeffer's wisdom on leadership endures.
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Two Truths About Small Group Ministry - ScottBall.net

Two Truths About Small Group Ministry - ScottBall.net | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
A couple of decades into the small group ministry experiment, here are two truths about small group ministry most people won't tell you.
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10 Powerful Twitter Hashtags for Pastors and Churches | Helps2

10 Powerful Twitter Hashtags for Pastors and Churches | Helps2 | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful qualities about Twitter is its ability to connect you and I to people we’ve never met before. Out of all the social networks we use to promote our clients here at Helps2, I would even go as far to say that Twitter is the best social network (out of Facebook, YouTube and Instagram) for a ministry or person to connect with new peopl
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25 of the Most Common Passwords in 2014

25 of the Most Common Passwords in 2014 | eLearning Church | Scoop.it
According to SplashData, here is a list of the most common (thus least secure) passwords in North America and Western Europe.
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If you use any sequence of numbers for your password, you may want to review this list.

Chris Eller's curator insight, January 26, 2015 4:20 PM

If you use any sequence of numbers for you password, you may want to review this list.