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 Leonard Beechy, Goshen, Indiana.

This study guide is for those in communities where there are no Anabaptist-Mennonite educational institutions or those unfamiliar with Anabaptist-Mennonite education. The questions are intended to expand and deepen appreciation for Roth's book. 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 4: Outcomes of a Mennonite Education: Taste and See

  1. The author begins this chapter with an illustration about planting sequoia seedlings as a picture of the future-looking task of Christian education. The author begins this chapter with an illustration about planting sequoia seedlings as a picture of the future-looking task of Christian education.
  2. Roth then proposes six goals of an Anabaptist education, creatively couched in terms of the senses and voice.
    • Since these are proposed as outcomes, evaluate each one as a personal growth goal for yourself. Is each one a quality that you would set as goal for your own spiritual growth? If so, how might you go about cultivating it?
      1. Gifts of sight and perception: seeing details in a larger context
      2. Touch: Mennonite education is practical, engaged, and embodied
      3. Taste: the discipline of discernment
      4. Hearing: learning to listen to others and to God
      5. Voice: discovering our vocation
      6. Smell: being attentive to the presence of the unseen
    • It has been observed that the more important the educational goal, the harder it is to assess. How would a school go about assessing these important qualities? How do you assess them in yourself?
    • In your opinion, are these appropriate goals for an adult Christian education program in your congregation?
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