Discipleship is kind of a squirrelly thing to measure. Most churches and schools just assume they are doing a good job and use anecdotal evidence at best to justify that belief. We here at Discipleship in Education measures four objective criteria: Biblical Knowledge Christian Worldview Spiritual Disciplines and Practical Discipleship Individually, they fall far short of … Continue reading How Do We Measure “Discipleship”?
I get asked often about "games" in chapel. I actually think injecting fun into chapel can be really valuable. The Orange Conference talks often about how fun=trust and when a student is having fun they will trust you more. As I've been experimented with doing games at the beginning of some chapels, I've noticed more … Continue reading Fun = Trust
Many Christian schools who were once predominantly "white" are now finally gaining some much needed diversity. However, there are some changes that must be made to best minister to this new population of student. Listen to new voicesTweak your lesson plansForm a student group with your diversityBring in chapel speaker that reflect your student bodyHire … Continue reading Adjustments to Diversity
I get asked about Bible curriculum pretty regularly. I have some ideas so feel free to message me. But I think you know of some books that you should supplement your Bible classes with. What Christian books have challenged you? Changed your thinking? Changed your life? I know which ones have been instrumental in my … Continue reading What Christian Books Have Changed Your Life?
This Virtual Conference was on how to improve chapels in Christian schools. We cover everything from where to find good speakers to setting up a student committee on chapel and a whole bunch of other topics in between.
Coaches have an immense opportunity to disciple their players. During the season, they spend more time with those students than their pastor, youth pastors, teachers, and parents combined. But discipleship doesn't happen by accident. Here's how to get started: Set spiritual growth goals right along side of team and physical goals. Incorporate spiritual activities in … Continue reading Discipleship in Coaching
So no surprise here there’s a big gap between the way public schools and Christian schools handle sex-education. Public schools tend to over-share and get into all sorts of sexual acts and practices, while Christian schools either ignore the topic all together or only share about abstinence and purity. Now I think all my Christian … Continue reading
Many schools put on a Spiritual Emphasis Week to help challenge and invigorate their students. I love it. I think you should do one the start of each semester. But as with all things Christian Schools do, I think it can done better. I have lots of ideas to really make Spiritual Emphasis Week … Continue reading Best Advice for Spiritual Emphasis Week
As I sat in my first class of the day my Senior year, a TV was rolled in and we watched the plane hit the second tower. None of us understood the full scale of what we were dealing with, but we knew to do a few things. We knew to pray. We knew how … Continue reading Remembering 9/11 and What It Should Remind Us to Do
When I begin investigating Christian Schools I subconsciously put them into 4 categories: 1 - Neglect - They might still have Christian in their name or heritage but they're basically just a prep school. 2 - Naive - They think they're doing a good job discipling but they have arbitrary reasons for why they think … Continue reading 4 Categories I Put Christian Schools In
This past summer I took students to Rome, the Vatican, Athens, and Corinth. These are places where the larger than life figures like the Apostles Paul and Peter actually walked and preached. Bringing students to see such places talked about in the Bible brings a tangibility that cannot be created any other way. We think … Continue reading Travel to Biblically Historical Places