Introduction to a different kind of recipe book written by the global Scripture Engagement team
In our student movements, we are committed to training our staff and students in Scripture engagement. How do we decide on the content of our formación events? What ingredients are needed in order to prepare a nutritious and tasteful dish?
The answer to this question will depend on the context and on the specific target group. For example, the dish we prepare will be different for students than for staff. The answer to this question will also depend on our overall vision. What do we want to see as the result of the totality of our formación in Scripture engagement? And what does this then mean for individual training events?
“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…” (Galatians 4:19, NIV) “Until Christ is formed in you…” – a beautiful expression of what is on Paul’s heart for these churches!
What do you want to see as the result of the totality of your formación in Scripture engagement? Take a moment to put your vision into words. Please think specifically in terms of your target group.
My impression is that we often focus on only some of the ingredients needed to attain the overall vision while neglecting others. Sometimes…
- We teach Bible study methods, but fail to address the expectations and attitude with which our staff and students approach God’s Word;
- We train how to build and run Bible study groups, but fail to stop and reflect on what is actually happening in these groups;
- We talk a lot about the Bible, but spend a disproportionately small amount of time listening to God’s Word and allowing it to speak to us. At many training events, the morning starts with a Bible study or Bible exposition, but then there is hardly any time to digest what was heard, to soak in the Word, to meet Jesus.
The global Scripture Engagement team of IFES has written a cooking help for you. This new resource does not propose a standard curriculum. Instead it seeks to help us plan carefully what we include in our training programmes.
Scripture engagement formación – a resource for planning and developing training programmes: You can download this material here.
IFES Secretary for Scripture Engagement