This week I’m reflecting on some “big ideas” that struck me at the Orange Conference last week. Join the conversation . . . I’d love you hear your thoughts on these macroscopic ideas shaping our culture as we seek to minister to families.
During one the main sessions at Orange, Reggie interviewed Mawi Asgedom, who overcame a childhood torn by civil war in East Africa when his mom carried him out of his country. He came to America, lived in welfare in Chicago, and overcoming cultural and financial challenges, earning a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University. He currently leads an organization called Mawi Learning . . . which focuses on leadership development within schools across the country.
There are four States that already require High School students to take at least one online course to graduate from High School.
The logic makes a lot of sense . . . students already spend over 30 hours online every week . . . they know how to fling Angry Birds and network on facebook . . . our education system needs to keep pace with these changes and help students navigate online worlds. 1/3 of post secondary classes are delivered through online distant learning. [Listen to this quick news story about the rise of required online learning for high school students in America.]
What difference does this make to us as we seek to serve the people in our churches?
- Should we require that our small group leaders be extending the conversations beyond the bounds of the normal “meeting time” through online forums and social media?
- Are we missing an opportunity to present our sermons online with other rich learning tools to help drive home the material being presented?
- Does our leadership development strategy reflect that people are looking for ways to receive content online?
- What does the future of church online look like? Will it move beyond simply just a rebroadcast of an offline service with a chat box? Online learning isn’t a video recording of a teacher in front of a black board.