September 12—19, Dr. Mike Dodds, the Ministry Studies Department Chair, is in Uganda teaching a course on preaching to Pastors from 5 different East African countries. Pictured are a number of the pastors and Dr. Dodds and the host Pastor Wellington Oliech, pastor of the Word of Life Church in Kampala, Uganda. Last year Dr. Dodds taught two courses (on Ministry and the Spiritual Life) to the same group of pastors. He had the opportunity to return this year to teach a course on preaching. Dr. Dodds commented that it is so spiritually challenging to him to be involved in the equipping of these Shepherds of God’s people in this area of the world.
KANSAS CITY, MO – Calvary University and Riverview Christian School of Morgan County, Colorado have signed a landmark agreement that creates a partnership between the two schools. Under the agreement, the 2018-19 academic year will be a transitional year, designed to maximize continuity for the local students, while both organizations move toward a full acquisition of Riverview Christian School operations by Calvary University at the end of the transitional year. At that point the Riverview Christian Board will become the Advisory Board for the new academy, as the school rebrands as Calvary University Academy. The new academy will function as a laboratory school, and will offer education in the university model, with three days of formal instruction and two days of individualized learning and application for students.
Calvary University Academy will provide instruction using the unique blended model from Calvary University classrooms, with video recorded classroom experience, and online and campus students learning and interacting together. Calvary University and Riverview Christian School officials are excited that this approach will help Calvary University Academy to be accessible not just to traditional Christian school students, but also to homeschool students around the globe, ultimately making it easier for parents to choose Bible-centered education for their children. The agreement will also provide significant scholarships for all historic RCS graduates to attend Calvary University.
The agreement between Calvary and Riverview is a reflection of Riverview’s longstanding commitment to ensuring that there is quality Christian education available to Morgan County families and youth, and is an expression of Calvary University’s commitment to providing globally accessible, quality, and affordable Bible-centered education that prepares Christians for excellence in life and service in the church and in the world according to the biblical worldview.
Riverview Christian School is in the process of relocating from its historic campus (which RCS leaders are working to sell to a Christian ministry or church) to Calvary University’s Innovation Center in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and is now enrolling for the 2018-2019 academic year.
For questions regarding the agreement between CU and RCS, enrollment at RCS for the Fall, or to inquire about purchasing the old Riverview campus, RCS can be reached at 970-842-4604, and CU can be reached by emailing email@example.com.
The 2017 “Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing” has been released by the Department of Education. The news isn’t good. As a nation, we are experiencing a significant shortage of teachers in various subject areas and geographic locations. The news is good. With a teacher shortage comes opportunity.
For years we have heard there is a shortage of math and science teachers. For the 2016-2017 academic year, schools had difficulty filling openings for Math, Science, English, Speech & Theatre, and Social Sciences. Special Education and ESL/ELL continue to be shortage areas. But the really shocking news was that many parts of the nation have a shortage in Elementary Education.
Urban geographic areas have reported shortages of qualified teachers for years. Now shortages are appearing in rural areas as well. The State of Missouri reports shortages in the subject areas listed above as well as a shortage of teachers in over 90 of its 114 counties. Superintendents of rural schools recently reported that they are lucky if they have one qualified applicant per teaching position.
These shortages provide opportunity. In political science, the phrase “power vacuum” refers to a condition “when someone has lost control of something and no one has replaced them.” This phrase has been applied to loss of control by one government which is then replaced by another ideology. Opportunity comes to those who recognize an emptiness and has something to offer in filling the void. This national shortage of teachers creates a power vacuum.
Why should followers of Christ consider becoming teachers to fill this vacuum? Consider these reasons:
Opportunity to be a witness in a lost world. Modeling Christ-like behavior within a classroom can be a strong witness to students who have never experienced selfless love, kindness, or forgiveness. While a teacher may not be able to teach Scripture in the public school, he or she can model and teach biblical principles of honesty, fairness, strong work ethic, forgiveness, compassion, and more.
Opportunity to engage in spiritual battles. As a follower of Christ, a teacher has the power of the Holy Spirit as a partner in spiritual battle. Every day, Christian teachers pray over their classrooms and students’ desks before the day begins. Prayer journals record needs of each student and praises over progress. The more vessels of the Holy Spirit in a school, the more the light penetrates the darkness.
Opportunity to become policy makers. Rather than abandon the public schools, Christ-followers should position themselves to become policy makers. Successful classroom teachers can become educational leaders who set policies for their buildings and districts, administrators, board members, state board of education members, federal lobbyists or employees of the national Department of Education. Experienced classroom teachers can become university teachers and mentor future teachers.
Influencers of a society or culture understand that the greatest impact comes with influencing children. Vladimir Lenin understood this opportunity and is credited with stating, “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”
Consider of all those children who have no one to influence them for Christ. Become a teacher.
Rose H. Henness is an Associate Professor at Calvary University. She teaches in the Education Department and the Ministry Studies Department. Her special interests are educational technological, education reform, pedagogy, andragogy, discipleship, and women’s studies.
Do you remember making construction paper link chains to decorate elementary school classroom? The chains would be draped around the room. But sometimes, in the mornings, a chain would be hanging to the floor because one link had come unglued. A quick repair would have the link chain back to its expansive length again.
I’m reminded of those paper link chains in the theme passage I have chosen for this year.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people, who will also be qualified to teach others. … Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:2, 15 NET)
As Paul realizes his time in ministry is short, he encourages Timothy to continue faithfully in what he has learned from Paul. But the message of Scripture must not end with Timothy! Paul exhorts Timothy to teacher others who then will teach those who follow after him.
Paul’s encouragement to Timothy reminds me of these link chains. Each follower of Christ has a responsibility to learn and then to teach others. This is the only way the truths of Scripture pass from generation to generation. We are part of link chains connecting us back to that small group of apostles who followed Jesus Christ.
Just as importantly, Paul cautions Timothy to accurately handle the truths of Scripture. The phrase “correctly handles” literally means to cut straight like a seamstress cuts fabric straight on the grain or a farmer plants a straight row.
Teachers of God’s Word must not twist it to fit their worldview, but strive to present the Word as God originally meant. Not an easy task thousands of years later in an entirely different culture, but a vitally important task.
So, as this new academic year begins at Calvary I hope you can see yourself in that link chain of teaching God’s Word from one generation to the next. I pray that no matter what your area of study, whether Education, Bible & Theology, or Theatre, you become a student of the Word who correctly handles its truth.
Prepare/Enrich is one of the most widely researched relationship assessment tools. Professors and students at colleges and universities worldwide use their scales as a tool to conduct and evaluate their research regarding the changing reality of relationships. More than 4,000,000 couples have prepared for marriage or enriched their relationship through taking the P/E assessment and working with a Certified Facilitator. The assessment itself has been proven to improve relationship satisfaction; however, there is something extraordinary about the relationship a Facilitator develops with a couple that truly helps the couple grow more than they would on their own.
Now, YOU have a chance to become a certified facilitator! If you’re a church leader or in a counseling ministry that deals with premarital/marriage/relationship counseling and are looking for tools to help you create structure, then the Prepare/Enrich seminar with Dr. Joa Braga is an excellent resource. Those attending the workshop will become certified on Prepare Enrich and be able to administer and use the inventory in their ministry with couples. This training is a required assignment for those taking Marriage and Family Counseling this fall.* If you have already taken the class but would like to become a certified facilitator, we would love to have you sign up. Below are more details:
$100 covers the training cost (all materials and one free assessment to use with a couple).
Training to take place 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 9 in the Langmade Room at Calvary University. There will be a lunch break, but lunch is not included in the fee.
Prepare/Enrich is a great relationship assessment tool to be used both in pre-marital and marital counseling.
If you are someone who works with couples: counselors, pastors, mentors, marriage ministry lay leaders, etc.
Simple to use, Scripture-based/supported, valuable counseling tool with tons of resources for the leader and the couple.
With Independence Day behind us, summer is winding up and back-to-school sales are already hitting the stores. Even as an adult, there is something magical about crisp, white pages in a new notebook and a pack of new pens. It is as if everything is brand new and the world is ours for the taking.
Yet, for many children, the end of summer brings disappointment and anxiety. Some children become apprehensive about the upcoming school year as the summer ends, specifically concerning the subjects they have struggled with in the past. One area that many children wrestle with is math.
All subjects have language specific to their own topics, and math is no different. When it comes to math, children must accomplish two things. First of all, they must learn the definition of the mathematical word. Second, they have to learn how to apply it to solve problems. Additionally, as children age, mathematical concepts become less concrete and more abstract, leading to frustration and anger.
However, there are many things to do at home to help children grasp what they are learning in math class and none of them involves sitting down and “drilling” them over facts tables. Here are just a few:
When helping your child with homework, find ways to make math real and applicable to their lives. For example, if one of their math problems is -4 + 10, and they are struggling with it, try phrasing it like this: “If you owe your sister $4 and you do a chore and earn $10, how much will you have left after you pay your sister back?”
Encourage your child to help you cook in the kitchen. This is a fantastic way to work with them on measurements, multiplication (i.e. doubling a recipe), and fractions. Once the recipe is complete, you both can divide it among the family members in the house.
Look for examples of math in your everyday life. If your child enjoys baseball, figure out their favorite player’s batting average. If they enjoy going to the movies, have them estimate how much money they would need if they wanted to go with five of their friends.
These are just a few examples of how to help your child grasp different math concepts. Once they begin to see how they use math in their daily life, they will begin to enjoy it more and dread it less. This will make heading back to school much easier.
For more information about Calvary University’s Family Literacy Program, check here.