This summer, when we go to Ethiopia, I’ve been asked to teach a 5 day course on 1 Corinthians to a group of church leaders from area where we’ll be staying (Alaba). I love the book of 1 Corinthians, and I’m looking forward to teaching this course, but preparing the teaching outline is proving to be more difficult than expected.
Now, preparing the teaching outline is not difficult because of the material, but because of the structure of the course. The course will consist of 5 morning sessions and 5 afternoon sessions, which means that I will need to teach the book in 10 sessions total. But, what happens if the outline of the book itself does not lend itself to being divided into 10 sessions?
That’s the problem that I’m facing. This means, of course, that I have to stretch some parts over multiple sessions, or combine other parts into one session. That’s not unusual when teaching in this type of structure. For example, teaching in a high school or college/university/seminary setting often requires dividing the material into a specific number of sessions.
I also have to decide which sections of the book I will give more priority and which sections will receive (by default) less priority. This would be easier if I knew more about the people that will be taking the course. I think this decision will be easier the next time I travel to this area.
Finally, I have to consider teaching/learning styles. I know what style the people are accustomed to (primarily lecture), and I know what style I’m accustomed to (primarily discussion/dialogue). I think I will have to find a happy medium, probably beginning with more lecture and moving toward more discussion/dialogue as the people get to know me.
Well, that’s part of what’s going on in my life right now. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!