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 5: Keeping the Conversation Alive: Addressing Tough Questions

  1. In this chapter the author addresses a series of questions faced by parents, pastors and congregations, administrators and board members, and Mennonite Education Agency.
    • It is important for the success of this chapter that the author be thorough and honest in addressing the issues faced by all the parties in a discussion about Mennonite education. In your view, has Roth accomplished this? What questions would you add?
    • This chapter lends itself well to role play, where persons are assigned to take one side or the other of each issue. Alternatively, questions could simply be posed to the group as a whole for discussion, followed by examination and discussion of the answers Roth proposes.
  2. Question #6 on page 182 is addressed specifically to the situations of "Mennonite congregations located far from existing Mennonite schools." Are these conversations relevant, he asks, for such congregations? His answer covers three areas:
    • Strong denominations require strong schools. To what extent has the leadership of your congregation been influenced by Anabaptist-Mennonite schools? Do you agree with Roth that "the most likely context for the transmission of our tradition will be in our schools"? (page 183).
    • All congregations can support Mennonite education by including schools in budgeted contributions and by encouraging members to attend. Assess your congregation's practice in these areas. Have the questions raised in this chapter entered into your discussions?
    • Even congregations in small communities and urban settings should consider beginning a Mennonite elementary or high school. Has this possibility ever been discussed in your congregation? What issues would likely be raised in such a discussion?
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