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The Adventist Encounter Curriculum is a seamless curriculum that is intentional about exploring big-picture, biblical concepts with the goal of making a difference for eternity. This curriculum uses the classroom context to help build a life- long relationship with Jesus Christ, using the Bible as the source of truth. Through rigorous pedagogical practice, it seeks to develop each students’ personal walk with God and reasons for faith, lifestyle choices, and ethical decision-making from an Adventist worldview, all the while nurturing interpersonal relationships and service to others. In short, it seeks to invite our students to be disciples of the Great Commission. Transformation is the goal of the Adventist Encounter Curriculum. Using Pastor Ben Maxson’s Spiritual Growth Model, and Lanelle Cobbin’s Transformational Planning Framework, the Adventist Encounter Curriculum supports teachers through a series of learning phases, where students use their Bibles as the foundation to know about God’s plan for their lives and the world, and are provided opportunities to develop a relationship with God. They are then able to put their beliefs into practice in their own lives through sharing their faith and serving others. Ultimately, Encounter seeks to respond to the Three Angels’ Message of Revelation 14—a call for people to stand in these last days in a real relationship with God, to be aroused from their apathy and worship our Creator alone. Encounter seeks to build for eternity.
After completing this training course, you will earn 1 CEU and a certificate of completion in your Adventist Learning Community e-portfolio.
By the end of this course you will be able to: Understand the key ingredients of a spiritual growing environment. Identify pedagogical strategies that contribute to a classroom culture of thinking and learning. Understand the Transformational Planning Framework as a transformational teaching tool in the teaching of Bible. Incorporate thinking routines into Bible class in order to maximize mental engagement and authentic spiritual learning. Understand the importance of both content and process in teaching Bible. Understand and interpret the elements featured in a teaching unit. Describe how an understanding of biblical discipleship can inform a contemporary understanding of what it means to be a disciple. Become familiar with a range of strategies for differentiating the Adventist Encounter curriculum. Apply differentiation strategies in a single or multi-grade classroom in order to promote student growth. Develop a personal philosophy of Biblical assessment.
Lanelle has invested her working career in the ministry of Adventist Education, having taught at both Elementary and Academy levels in Adventist schools in Australia and serving as the Assistant Director of Adventist Education in the New Zealand Pacific Union for eight years prior to returning to Australia in 2010. She also spent ten years developing a Pathfinder curriculum for the Youth Department of the South Pacific Division. Lanelle has a Master’s degree in Religious Education and has for the past 11 years delighted in the process of dreaming up, then helping to create the Encounter Bible Curriculum for schools in Australia and New Zealand. Her roles have included the development of the curriculum framework, creative directing, writing, editing, and managing all those little processes in-between. One of her greatest pleasures is having opportunities to help others become passionate about this curriculum. She is astounded at God’s grace and leading in this project and can’t wait to share this with us.
Amazing learning experience! This course really goes to our core values as christian educators. I just love the new curriculum. It is very inspiring and relevant.
I have been a teacher for over 7 years, 2 in the SDA system, and this is one of the most powerful courses I've taken. It should be required for all teachers, whether they teach Bible or not, because there is so much that can be applied to the classroom an... Read More
Completing the Elementary Adventist Encounter Curriculum has been an extremely rewarding experience for me. The content was extremely rich and very relevant as we continue to educate our students for this life and for the life to come. The methodology de... Read More
I love using Encounter. The class was useful, helpful and I can't wait to use this curriculum.