Group Study Guide for
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.
|Chapter 1||Chapter 5|
|Chapter 2||Chapter 6 / Conclusion|
Chapter 6: Looking to the Future: Challenges, Opportunities, Visions, and Dreams
- The final chapter begins with several recent examples of education efforts in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition.
- In what directions for the future of Mennonite-related education do these examples seem to point?
- Roth then offers a survey and analysis of the history of the Mennonite Church in North America since the final decades of the nineteenth century.
- How would you assess the relationship between the health of the Mennonite Church and the health of its institutions over the years?
- What are some of the elements of Anabaptist-Mennonite thought that are gaining acceptance and influence in recent Christian renewal movements?
- Do you believe that the forces that are diminishing support for Mennonite institutions are temporary or that they are likely to increase?
- Finally, the author traces some of the possible outlines of the future of Mennonite education.
- What are some of the implications of Roth's affirmation that "God's kingdom is bigger than our institutions"? (page 204)
- Do you see a tension between the institutional goal of preserving tradition, and the missional goal of welcome and multi-cultural and multi-religious engagement?
- How do you evaluate some of the possible new forms for Mennonite education listed in this chapter: charter schools, homeschooling, the "Menno-term" or other Mennonite presence at state universities, and electronically delivered courses?
- Revisit the two larger biblical themes that have run throughout the book: incarnation and the images of Psalm 34:8-14. What new ways can we embody Christ in the world so that new generations can "taste and see" God's goodness?