Group Study Guide for

Teaching That Transforms

[Cover of Teaching That Transforms]

Why Anabaptist-Mennonite Education Matters

by John D. Roth

Study Guide written by Dale Shenk, Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, Indiana.

These questions are intended to expand and deepen appreciation for Roth's book. Although page numbers are not provided in most cases, the questions are given in the approximate sequence that the themes occur in the chapters. These questions are also available for download as a Word document or in PDF format.

Also see Teaching That Transforms in the MennoMedia online catalog.

Introduction Chapter 4
Chapter 1 Chapter 5
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 / Conclusion
Chapter 3  


  1. Personal context
    • Who have been important teachers in your lives? Why?
    • What are your experiences with Mennonite education? What were the strengths and weaknesses?
    • What are your perceptions of Mennonite schools? Where did you get your information?
  2. Mennonite schools context
    • On page 20, Roth describes the Mennonite Church as a denomination with decreasing loyalty to church institutions, declining congregational membership, and ambivalence regarding Anabaptist distinctives. Do you see this as accurate? What is the evidence for or against these comments?
    • Roth suggests that schools are beginning to reach out more to non-Mennonite members of the community. How have you seen this begin to happen?
  3. Core values
    • On page 21 (in point number four), Roth lists a series of questions related to core values for Mennonite schools. Consider those questions carefully and discuss your answers.
    • What is an incarnational theology? How is this different from other options?
    • Is there such as thing as a uniquely Anabaptist pedagogy?
    • What kinds of expectations do you have for Mennonite schools?
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