Christian Faith and the classroom

Challenge Educate draws upon Dr. Christopher Green's substantial background in biblical studies and Christian theology in order to offer seminars for the professional development of teachers in Australian schools.  Dr. Green's sessions aim to support teachers in applying the Christian faith to the classroom.  He has broad experience, having taught the Bible and English Literature in California, Bible college students from across Australia (and around the world), and he currently serves as the Director of Christian Foundations at Plenty Valley Christian College (Victoria). 


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Challenge Educate aims to explore new ways for Australian schools to respond to the following questions:

  • How can we understand and teach the Bible as a complete literary work? 
  • Which passages / themes / sections of Scripture are the most important for teachers to highlight when teaching it as a whole? 
  • How can we teach the completeness of the Bible in a memorable way, so that the quantity of information does not overwhelm?
  • How can we understand our obligations as a community of Christ followers for the benefit of our shared workplace?
  • What are the essentials of the Christian faith? 
  • How can Christian teachers affirm the Christian faith in both winsome and creative ways? 
  • How can Christian teachers responsibly explore the implicit connections between the Christian faith and the academic disciplines? 


Seminars:


Dr. Green is available to support teachers, or the leadership team at your Christian organisation, with professional development seminars on the following topics:


The Biblical Narrative: How does the Bible fit together as a whole?  How does the Old Testament look forward to the New?  In this two-part seminar, Dr. Green does not water down these complex issues, but he also charts a way forward for Christians who are seeking answers.  These sessions aim to equip teachers or Christian leaders with a.) a basic and holistic understanding of the Bible as a complete unity and b.) an introductory knowledge of ©The Bible in Motion, which is Dr. Green's tool for highlighting the most salient moments across the biblical narrative (Two 1.5 hour sessions).


Reconciliation Concepts for Christian Organisations/Schools: In this seminar, Dr. Green looks at Jesus' teaching regarding the reconciliation of parties with differences.  How do we handle the deeper matters of injustice, difference of opinion and/or prejudice within Christian schools?  How can Christians learn to handle "school politics" with integrity?  This seminar aims to boldly focus on Jesus' commands for all Christians and then consider how applying his teaching might change the culture of the workplace (Two 1.5 hour sessions).


©The Bible in Motion (forthcoming): This two-part seminar is an advanced and intensive look (following 'The Biblical Narrative') at Dr. Green's program for crossing the whole of the biblical story while highlighting a.) the compositional structures that situate the different books of the Bible in their 'canonical context' and b.) the most important moments in the biblical story for upholding the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.  These seminars aim to equip and prepare teachers for implementing ©The Bible in Motion program within the context of a school's curriculum  (Two 1.5 hour sessions). 


Introduction to Faith Integration: How can the diverse subjects taught in a Christian school be integrated with the Christian faith in the context of the whole of a school's curriculum?  How can this be done in a way that respects a diversely Christian staff and also adheres to the bedrock tenets of the Christian faith?  In this two part seminar, Dr. Green communicates the latest research regarding both the theory and practice of 'faith integration' in schools.  He especially focuses on the diverse 'pathways' that are available to teachers for connecting their subject with a topic of interest belonging to the Christian faith.  These sessions conclude with examples of appropriately stated outcomes for lesson plans structured for the promotion of faith-integration (Two 1.5 hour sessions).


Basic Theology: What are the basics that Christian schools or Christian organisations should keep in mind?  How does one make concise sense out of the distinctives of the Christian faith (e.g., the Trinity, the Incarnation, etc.)?  Also, how can we keep our diverse community of Christians together and unified in the context of a Christian school or organisation without asking some to compromise their dearly held beliefs?  The aim of this session is to explicate, in the clearest, most faithful and also most digestible terms, the basic doctrines of the Christian faith (One or Two 1.5 hour sessions).


Endorsements:


"During an annual Christian Schools Australia Conference, some staff from Northside Christian College made the very wise decision to attend a workshop run by Christopher Green. We were instantly inspired and so eager to share his insights with our colleagues and students. The Primary Team immediately got to work creating a Bible program founded on Chris' 'biblical narrative' approach. We have just completed our fourth year of planning with this system and have not looked back!  The students are gaining biblical knowledge, being exposed to the hidden gems of the Bible and being shown how God's Word has been divinely woven together to tell us the story of his love for the whole world.


Olivia Tucci

Prep Teacher

Northside Christian College (Bundoora, VIC)


"Dr Green has worked with Plenty Valley Christian College for the past 2 years, facilitating a range of sessions aimed at  increasing the Biblical literacy of staff and working with them to improve faith integration across all subject areas in an authentic way. Like most Christian schools, our college is made up of a range of staff who are at different stages in their faith journey and from a range of faith back-grounds. The sessions with Dr Green have certainly worked to challenge staff, build their biblical literacy and to further develop their  understanding of Christian worldview. One of the most valuable sessions explored  the concept of which strategies and approaches constitute true faith integration and those that don’t.  Dr Green was able to break this down with a range of practical suggestions across a number of curriculum areas and enabled staff to immediately identify areas where we were doing well and others that need improvement."


Sonia Goodacre

Head of Curriculum (Secondary)

Plenty Valley Christian College (Doreen, VIC)


Invitation:

If you would like to:

  • Schedule Dr. Green for an on-site school visit for any combination of the above listed seminars, with up to two smaller, follow up visits for supporting teachers with implementation
  • Organise a meeting for Dr. Green to support homeschoolers, your leadership team or your church
  • Inquire about any aspect of Dr. Green's approach
  • Find out about Dr. Green's current rates, scheduling or availability

Please feel free to inquire with this link.


Sample Schedule:

 

Half Day Session

(3 Hours + Breaks)

1.5 Hour Session: The Biblical Narrative

(+ One, 1-2 Hour Follow Up Session)

Half Day Rate

Coffee / Tea (1/2 Hour)

1.5 Hour Session: The Biblical Narrative

Lunch

Full Day Session

(6 Hours + Breaks)

1.5 Hour Session: Intro. to Faith Integration

(+ Up to Two, 2 Hour Follow Up Sessions)

Full Day Rate

Coffee / Tea (1/2 Hour)

1.5 Hour Session: Intro. to Faith Integration

Questions & Answers

 


About Chris

Chris is an Australian 'with an American accent.'  He has been an educator in Australia for 7 years, with experience in teaching students and supporting teachers at almost all levels (primary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate). 


Before the completion of his doctoral degree in theology at the U. of Aberdeen (Scotland), Chris taught English in a secondary school in California.  As a native Californian, Chris loves to get people 'stoked' about the Bible. 


Chris also loves to run, eat ice cream, have coffee with his wife, watch movies with friends and talk about cultural differences.  While Chris serves as the Director of Christian Foundations at Plenty Valley Christian College he also lectures online for Azusa Pacific University.