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Dayton, Ohio (PRWEB) July 31, 2014
United Theological Seminary is pleased to welcome two new members of its faculty, Anthony Le Donne and Peter J. Bellini. Both began their teaching duties on July 1. Also new to United is a Director of Non-Degree Programs, Mark Abbott, who begins his work on August 1.
Anthony Le Donne, Assistant Professor of New Testament, received a Ph.D. from Durham University, United Kingdom. He teaches New Testament, Second Temple Judaism, and Greek courses. His research interests are Jewish-Christian relations, historical Jesus research and Social Memory theory. Dr. Le Donne is an editor for the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus and a co-founder of the “Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts” consultation for the Society of Biblical Literature. He is a lay member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Peter J. Bellini, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Missiology in the Vera Blinn Chair, received a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Bellini, formerly Director of Non-Degree Programs, teaches in the areas of Missiology, Evangelization, Church Renewal, Global Christianity, Interreligious and Intercultural Encounter, and Urban Studies. His special interests are renewal movements, prayer movements, discipleship, church planting and church turnarounds, postmodernism, and philosophical theology. He is an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church and is a member of the American Academy of Religion.
Mark Abbott, new Director of the School for Discipleship and Renewal, comes to United from the Seminario Evangélico Unido de Teología in Spain, where he has served as Dean. He and his wife Diane are returning to the U.S. after 27 years of missionary service. Dr. Abbott is an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church.
United Theological Seminary is a graduate professional school of The United Methodist Church offering masters and doctoral theological degrees and continuing education with programs offered on campus and online. United’s goal is to educate dynamic, Spirit-led leaders who will renew the church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. We are committed to teaching the Bible and the historic Christian faith, instilling a passion for personal and social holiness, and renewing the Church for its ministry and mission. Visit United for more information.
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Elverson, PA (PRWEB) July 17, 2014
Community Evangelical Free Church of Elverson Pennsylvania will once again offer its summer Vacation Bible School program using the fun and engaging videos and music from the Go Fish Guys. The Go Fish Guys’ mission is to make great music for kids that won’t drive parents BONKERS! All of our age groups, from 4 years old to students who’ve completed 6th grade, enjoy the Go Fish Guys. Many children return year after year and even return to volunteer if the child is too old to attend.
Check out this video to see just how much fun VBS with the Go Fish Guys will be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl8id7dhM4E
There will be music videos, crafts and outdoor games, as well as learning about what the Bible has to say about how we can SHINE our light wherever we go. Snacks are served each evening during the missions focus. All kids are welcome to join for a fun free week of songs, games, and learning from the Bible.
New this year is a Q & A for Parents. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30-8:30 “Join the Conversation.” This will be a chance to explore the questions: Who is Jesus? What did he come to do? How should we respond? Refreshments will be served.
To register, please visit http://www.cefcelverson.org and click on the VBS photo or call the church office at 610-286-6790. The church is located at 52 S. Brick Lane, Elverson, PA, just off of Route 23.
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Community Evangelical Free Church, Elverson
(PRWEB) July 15, 2014
The bell rings and a class of intermediates end their chatter and head for the door of the church classroom. A parent standing outside, waiting on their child to emerge, walks into the room to shake the Sunday School teacher’s hand. “My son really loves your class, none of his other teachers can get him to talk.” Another parent chimes in that her daughter now looks forward to Sunday mornings.
The teacher smiles and looks around the now empty classroom, pondering how his background in investment banking, student government, and home remodeling, got him here. At 26 years old, Jerry Latimer wonders if carpentry might be his next vocation.
“It took Christ 30 years before he started walking in the fullness of his calling…” Jerry said. “The way I see it, I’ve got four more years to grow from mistakes.”
If by mistakes, Jerry means a flurry of accomplishments, then he has made plenty. At only 16 years old, he initiated and led a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at M. L. King high school, he went on to be Vice President of the Mercer University campus ministry, All God’s Anointed People Evangelizing (A.G.A.P.E.), and a Summer Vacation Bible School teacher at New Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He currently serves what has now turned into a 4-year term teaching Sunday School to a coed group of teens ages 12-15.
“It’s an awkward age,” Jerry said. “People are scared to teach this age range because the kids are in transition. They are not little children and crayons are out of the question, but they’re not quite old enough for lessons about predetermination or the 7 seals.” Each week on Sunday morning, he packs life lessons and Bible stories into 1 hour. When he first began teaching, he endured many months of blank stares from disinterested pre-teens and teenagers. After some time he realized, “Having been raised in church, I am well aware of how boring Sunday school can be at times. Many of the lessons were difficult to understand at a young age, and the stories were from an adult’s point of view and perspective. Many teachers only told the stories from their point of view instead of bringing the story down to my level.”
His idea isn’t a novel one. Major corporations and top tier schools clamor to figure out ways to attract and advertise to Generation Y (aka Millenials ages 0 to 31). Jerry has embarked on a journey to reaching the hearts of the generation that’s asking “why” the most.
Studies on the Millennials generation find that they have shorter attention spans than their already impatient predecessor, Generation X. Most shockingly, Millennials have the highest percentage of individuals who claim that they don’t believe in God, more than that of Generation X and the Baby Boomers put together.
“I always promised myself that if I ever became a Sunday school teacher, I would make sure that the information was entertaining and educational,” Jerry said. The curriculum used church-wide for everyone from the toddlers to the senior citizens and Jerry found it to be too rigid to be relatable to a child. “It’s clear it was created from an adult’s perspective and it doesn’t attempt to share personal stories about their background as a part of the lesson.”
After almost a year of overcoming the poor reaction from his class, Jerry began developing a method of teaching that the students responded to best. With the blessing of the Sunday School Superintendent, he began to develop an idea. The method was simple, promoted participation, and translated well in the class room. The method involved carefully crafted questions that had a high success rate with boys and girls of getting thoughtful dialogue. The method was memorialized in his head, but with Jerry’s busy work and volunteer schedule, putting pen to paper seemed to be an impossible task.
Then, what he thought was impossible became reality. After climbing the ladder at a Fortune 500 company gaining certifications and promotions, he found himself laid off and in the unemployment line. “I felt like John, exiled from the city of workers to an island of Patmos all by myself,” Jerry said.
As he hunted for a new job, he spent his free time starting the daunting task of creating a relevant Sunday School curriculum. After 4 months of compiling all the points and effective lessons, he had gathered over the past 4 years of teaching, Real Talking Points by Jerry Latimer became a reality.
The instructional book gives the student an in-depth walk through the life of Jesus. Each lesson takes an aspect of Christ’s time on earth by first relating it to our time. On the subject of “Jesus is Visited by Nicodemus,” the open-ended preliminary discussion question asks, “Have you ever tried to explain new technology to your parents? Was it hard to explain or easy? How did you help them understand the device or process?” The lesson then introduces the applicable Scripture passage, and asks the follow-up questions, “Explain what it means to be born again. Discuss what a Pharisee represented, and how all the knowledge he learned could not help him understand what it meant to be born again.”
During an age where many “tweens” feel that they are being talked at rather than listened to, Real Talking Points’ lessons places value in the students’ view of the world and encourages conversation about things that are important to the students. The lesson plan is then much more easily discussed in that context.
Jerry says that he plans to follow the great commission and “Go.” “I would like to see if Real Talking Points is relatable in other countries, so I would like to have it translated into Spanish and Mandarin,” Jerry said. “I feel if I can just help just one child out there that doesn’t know Christ, then I have done enough.”
Real Talking Points – Open ended questions for discussing God’s Word with Today’s Generation can be purchased on amazon at the link below, and is also available digitally for the iPad, Nook, Kindle, and Android devices.
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Colorado Springs, Co (PRWEB) June 27, 2014
Three Colorado Springs youths are using their creative skills to fight malaria and help typhoon victims in the Philippines. This week, the youths presented a check to Compassion International, a Springs-based child development ministry dedicated to rescuing children from poverty around the world.
Eight-year-old Kevin Lester made paper bracelets with the name, “Jesus” written on them. “The bracelets also included nail holes to represent the nail holes in Jesus’ hands,” said Kevin’s mother, Nerissa Lester. Kevin gave the bracelets away while encouraging recipients to donate to Compassion’s Bite Back campaign, a program designed to provide malaria nets to families around the world. His efforts raised $ 240 for the campaign—enough to provide nets and malaria education to 13 families.
“In our family bible devotional, we recently read Luke 12:48, which reminded Kevin that to people like him to whom much is given, much is expected in return,” said Rob Lester, Kevin’s father. “It’s great seeing children helping children in an event like this.”
Brother and sister team, John and Elizabeth Borders, also created paracord bracelets as a fundraiser for typhoon victims in the Philippines—they raised $ 444. The money will help families who are still reeling from Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in November of 2013, killing over 6,200 people. Compassion ministers to over 70,000 children throughout the Philippines.
“We are always encouraged by how much good young people can accomplish when they unleash their dedication,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “These children saw the devastation of natural disaster, saw the impact a preventable disease like malaria can have, and decided to do something about it. By faith, they took action, and families in some of the poorest countries in the world will benefit because of that dedication.”
The youth worked alongside their church, Faith Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs, to raise the funds.
Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Compassion partners with more than 6,200 Christian churches in 26 countries to release over 1.4 million babies, children, and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 13 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit compassion.com or follow them on twitter at @compassion.