What we Think about Learning
- Use of blended learning for leadership development has been demonstrated as a sound and flexible method of delivering training globally.
- The leadership training needs of the Church are great and even though we (the global church) have had the advantages of modern transportation, modern communication, considerable economic capacity, improved methods of delivery of education, and many other assets, the church struggles to meet the growing demand for ministry leadership education.
- Multiplying teachers (disciple makers) as Jesus had done almost two-thousand years ago is central in unlocking the power of the Gospel.
- Our role is to primarily serve existing ministries/organizations by supporting their ability to train their own leaders, using their own resources.
- The training method we adopt is flexible. Thus, in certain instances all training is carried out ONLY through a face to face oral based type of learning environment. At the other end of the spectrum, some learners have good access to the Internet and communicate with one another and with facilitators ONLY online. However, we believe that it will be possible for most students to experience their learning within a blended learning community that allows them to learn together both face to face and online.
The Gospels reflect five principles regarding the multiplication of leaders
1st principle—Personal, ongoing, and consistent relationship between learners in the group and between those same learners and their facilitator are essential. Without relationship, content may be distributed but multiplication is less likely to take place.
2nd principle—Training for any group requires clear objectives of learning that reflect the Mission, Vision, and Values of the organization for which leaders are being prepared. The organization’s mission, vision, and values must saturate the training process from beginning to end.
3rd principle—The character of the facilitator and of each learner is of ultimate importance. Thus serious attention to foundations and stimulating the development of Biblical character qualities must be integral to the training process.
4th principle—The process will involve resetting the internal compass of each learner through the exercise of the previous three principles. Helping learners transform their internal values, motivations, and beliefs requires challenge to their thinking patterns of learners. Applying the process of challenging students to experience deep personal internal change also results in aiding learners to develop critical thinking skills so needed by dynamic leaders today.
5th principle—Jesus used a variety of appropriate learning tools at appropriate times. As we teach we use a flexible and varied set of tools to engage the mind and move our students to discover and change. To do this we use the training tools Jesus gave us in the first century. For example Jesus used:
▪ Stories, illustrations
▪ Challenges to thinking
▪ Challenges to faith or trust
▪ Challenges to action
▪ Lecture was NOT a major and oft used tool.
iTEE Global is made up of servant leaders and stewards striving to deliver transferrable Biblical leadership and discipleship education to the global church.