What MotivatesChristian Education Practitioners? Revd Dr Howard Worsley, Canterbury Christchurch University Christian Consultants’ Network Day in Rugby 19th April 2013
The Current Context in Education • Church Schools and the Dearing Era (2001-2011) • Secularist moral high ground • Media portrayal of religious extremism • A call for explicit Christian distinctiveness • Theological Reflection from Lee Abbey
3 Key Theological Drivers • 1) The Character of God apparent in the educational context. • God’s Generosity and Graciousness, • God’s Extravagance, • God’s Affection for children, • God’s Sovereignty,
3 Key Theological Drivers • The Overarching Action of God in the world of education. • a) God Forgives, • b) God Redeems, • c) God operates with Grace,
3 Key Theological Drivers 3) The Specific Mission of God seen in schools and universities. • God has made us for community and it is here that God most choses to show giving, • God’s desire is for all people to learn, • Teaching is a gift of God, • God delights in engaging in risk and vulnerability
Character1a)God’s Generosity and Graciousness, &1b)God’s Extravagance,
1) Questions to ask on God’s Character within education • 1a) Is it possible for a teacher to be too generous? (How is generosity to be balanced?) • 1b) In the school context, what is the point at which extravagance needs to be measured against frugality? • 1c) Discuss the complexities of affection at school. • 1d) To what extent is God’s sovereignty constrained by human responsibility?
2) Questions to ask on God’s Actionwithin education • 2a) Is there an ‘unforgivable sin’ in education? • 2b) Christians believe that God can redeem all things, but can a school always be redemptive? • 2c) One school of thought describes God’s grace to be ‘irresistible’. Discuss this in your educational context.
3a) Mission God has made us for community and it is here that God most choses to show giving,
3b) Mission God’s desire is for all to learn, & c) Teaching is a gift of God
3d)Mission God delights in engaging in risk and vulnerability
3) Questions to ask on God’s Missionin education • 3a) To what extent can a school be a type of Church? • 3b) Does the idea of God learning add to a theology of education? • 3c) When is a teacher also a learner? • 3d) Discuss the problem of risk and vulnerability in a ‘health and safety culture’.