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Andragogy:

Worldview Resource Group's curriculum is informed by andragogy, a theory of adult learning. Distinct from pedagogy, the theory of teaching children, andragogy recognizes that adults learn differently from children and can contribute to the learning process in unique and powerful ways. Accordingly, WRG downplays lecture and memorization, instead delivering its curriculum by engaging learners through case-studies, problem-solving, and activities that draw on the learner's reservoir of experience.


Curriculum

Lesson Modules:

Teaching:

 

Steffen Five-Stage Strategy

Based on real-world experience among the Ifugao people in the Philippines, the Steffen Five-Stage Strategy of church planting starts with an exit plan. From there, the entire church planting strategy is mapped out in reverse. Church planters must factor 'phase out' into each of five planting stages: Pre-entry, Pre-evangelism, Evangelism, Post-evangelism, and Phase-out. The Steffen Five-Stage Strategy is a comprehensive and holistic approach that is both practical and universally applicable.

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Introduction to Storying

What is the genius of the narrative/story genre? What is symbol-based narrative? How do stories develop worldviews? This module will argue that narrative is a powerful and often underutilized educational tool. It explains how stories and relationships are inseparable, and how “story” itself is a metaphor for life.

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Primitive Religions – Animism

This course introduces the primitive and pervasive religion of animism, a worldview that underpins most folk religions. The basic tenets of animism are taught and then compared to Christian Theism. Animism permeates indigenous cultures, making it critical for the church planter to be aware of its influence at every stage of missionary work - from the initial contact all the way through the church planting process.

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Pre-evangelism

Covering the period bridging the first contact with the host society to the beginning days of active evangelism, Pre-evangelism is the time for church planters to lay effective groundwork. The module addresses three integrated elements that can make or break the effectiveness of the church planter’s efforts: Time, activity and attitude. This module covers practical ways to develop healthy relationships with the host society, maintain a constant attitude of discipleship, and avoid paternalism

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Culture and Language

During pre-evangelism the cross-cultural worker establishes relationships with people in the host community. This can only be done by acquiring the culture and language of that community. In this seminar the Culture and Language module describes the basics of culture and language acquisition, giving insights into the relationship between culture and language as well as providing helpful resources. The module will outline the progression of culture awareness, adjustment, acquisition, analysis, and application.
 
 

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Introduction to Chronological Bible Teaching

This module presents the rationale for teaching the Word of God using the chronological teaching method. Field-tested examples from specific people groups, coupled with solid Bible teaching, provide a compelling endorsement of this methodology. The narrative format of Chronological Bible Teaching is ideal for communicating God's truth to concrete relational learners. The truths from the Old Testament prepare the way for a clear understanding of the New Testament, in particular, the Gospel of Christ. On that firm foundation the church is in a healthy position to grow and mature.

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Discipleship

This course focuses on the missionary church planter and the ability to train indigenous believers to become the next generation of church planters. The module stresses the importance of discipleship in the indigenous church, and helps prepare the church planter for applying these principles cross-culturally. These foundational principles are modeled in an atmosphere of respect and trust that promotes formal and informal discipleship.

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New Testament Church

New Testament Church teaches the basic biblical principles used in planting New Testament-patterned churches within indigenous communities. The course helps the church planter to articulate, from the Scriptures, the principles and purpose God has for the church. It describes how the principles reach beyond church meetings and extend into everyday life. The basics of church function introduced in this course will be drawn upon throughout the indigenous church planting experience.

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The Developing Church

Now that people have come to Christ, what's next? How do you help guide a new church so it will grow and mature, multiplying itself within its cultural context? This module is built on New Testament Church principles, incorporating and implementing a chronological teaching program that is reproducible by indigenous believers. These vital principles will be used throughout the entire church planting process.

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The Maturing Church

The Maturing Church addresses how to bring the developed, indigenous church to maturity, and the role church planters have with the indigenous church once it is capable of functioning on its own. This course helps one see the importance of the changing roles of a church planter, and gives practical advice on how to relate to believers and church leaders in the later stages of church planting.

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The Church Planter's Tool Kit

This module teaches methods that will aid the developing church in becoming indigenous so that it may function without the presence of foreign missionaries. The course teaches one how to develop Bible teaching aids to be used by indigenous people. The 'tools' offered in this course will be used over and over in the process of church planting.

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Curriculum Development

Curriculum Development exposes the student to a broad range of curricula for the host society. Producing curriculum for the indigenous church is both feasible and indeed necessary. It is through a curriculum that church planters are able to map out the future nourishment, growth and continuation of the church.

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Contextualization

Each population group is unique and has cultural characteristics that are all its own. These characteristics influence how the church planter should develop and approach a program of instruction. The church planter who cannot teach in context with the indigenous society is fighting an uphill battle and will eventually fail. This course helps prepare the church planter to handle key cultural dynamics while teaching indigenous people. Biblical principles learned in this course will be applied throughout evangelism and the entire church planting ministry.

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External Influences

External Influences analyzes both the religious and secular influences which are hard at work affecting any local society. These influences are continuous and serve as a kind of undertow against the church planter as he struggles to establish a New Testament church. Awareness of these influences is the first blow to defeating them. This module explains what to look for and how to respond.

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Oral Communication

This module teaches how to disciple pre-literate believers to be teachers of the Word of God in the local church. It helps one to understand the role of pre-literate believers in an indigenous church, and how to faithfully communicate biblical truth in oral story form. Understanding the nature of orality is critical for missionaries if they wish to keep the Word of God from morphing into the word of man.

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Worldviews

This course discusses what worldviews are, how they develop, how they function, and how worldview assumptions can be analyzed. It then demonstrates how the Gospel both accommodates and confronts the cultural assumptions in any people group. The church planter will learn why it is essential to minister at a worldview level in order to have an effective, ongoing church plant.   

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Worldview Matrix

Chronological Bible Teaching and Worldviews are prerequisites for this module. Worldview Matrix then combines and stretches this knowledge to help the church planter discover how to teach the Word of God into the worldview of any host society. Trainees practice recognizing which cultural assumptions are in harmony with God's point of view and which ones are not, and develop curricula accordingly. This is one of the most effective methods ever developed for teaching God's Word in field ministries around the world.  

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