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Learning to be the church: The value of learning theory for discipleship and mission

Saines, Don (2015) Learning to be the church: The value of learning theory for discipleship and mission. Pacifica, 28 (3). pp. 290-307. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

This article draws on the findings of recent learning theory in adult education and describes possible ecclesial dispositions that better enable parish churches to be learning communities within the mission of God for the world. Once we understand our educational philosophy and our goals then we are better served to inform and shape the way we plan and go about the process of teaching and learning, and so develop the church’s sense of mission. The article argues that, deep approaches to learning offer a vision for ecclesial learning that will draw from the many and varied contexts where diversity is increasingly our experience. Creative but transformative learning that is ‘world involving’ precisely because it is ‘God involving’ and vice versa, can help the church mirror approaches to mission that reflect discipleship and mission in the name of the Triune God.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Learning, Church, learning theory, discipleship, mission
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subject Area(s): D - Missiology
D - Religious Education
Association with University of Divinity: TRC: Trinity College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 11:55
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 11:55
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2627

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