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  

Chapter 6: Looking to the Future

  1. What institutions have been significant in your life and why?
  2. How does a school consider if it is time to close?
  3. If sacrifices need to be made for a church school to survive what are the priorities? Facilities? Staff? Mission particularity? Program?
  4. What does it mean for a school to "seek new allies"? How does an Anabaptist-Mennonite school reach out to people from other religious backgrounds? What are the attractions or hindrances?
  5. The author briefly explores nontraditional educational models. In their day-to-day educational rhythms most Mennonite schools look and act like other schools. There are periods, classrooms, tests, homework, and so on. What are other models that might be possible?


After exploring the issues in this book, what counsel do you have for church leaders who are wrestling with these issues? Please take a few moments to gather your comments and pass them on.

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