Five Things With One More Veteran Pastor
This month we continue our series of articles entitled “Five Things.” Each month, we interview a practitioner of Christian adult education to learn about their educational philosophy, books they’ve read, advice they’d give to other educators, and their perspectives on teaching the Word. This month features Pastor Jon Brohn, who serves Christ the Rock Lutheran Church in Farmington, New Mexico.

Pastor Jon Brohn began serving at Christ the Rock in Farmington, New Mexico in August of 2021. Prior to that, he served congregations in Texas and Minnesota, where he served as vice president of the Minnesota District. Jon and his wife Kay have three children, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

They never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 5:42
Adult Education: Additum
Student Recruitment

One of the resources that Pastor Brohn recommended was the website. Although not intended for religious instruction specifically, the research reports at ProLiteracy have applications for our education hours at church. Here are just a few excerpts from the report on Student Recruitment:

Learn about potential learners’ motivation and goals

Learning more about potential and current program participants’ goals and why they would consider enrolling in a program can help staff better understand potential learner populations and focus recruitment campaigns on relevant goals. Current participants can provide insight into ways to recruit others with similar backgrounds and ambitions.

Utilize word of mouth 

Fostering interpersonal connections between learners and potential learners is one of the most effective ways to recruit. When adult learners share stories about program involvement, positive experiences, and benefits, potential learners often feel more comfortable and motivated to enroll.

Diversify marketing campaigns

Campaigns should establish program identity and clearly show potential learners how services can help them to get started and to achieve their educational and/or employment goals . . . . Use of flyers, social media, and/or emails/texts is recommended. Employing multiple marketing strategies can help programs maximize their reach.

Address potential participation barriers

Students may be more likely to enroll and sustain participation in programs when needs are met and barriers are addressed. Recruitment materials should reflect this effort to understand and address barriers. [Potential barriers include the] situational (e.g., health conditions, transportation, childcare), dispositional (e.g., self-perceptions, attitudes), and institutional (e.g., program schedule, formats for instruction, etc.).

If you’d like to read the full report, it can be found here.
Teaching Toolbox

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Curriculum Connection

In the lead article, Pastor Brohn talks about a study on prayer from NPH. He reminds us how flexible NPH Bible study kits are as he recounts how he edited the study to suit his purposes and make it more relevant for his learners.

Part of the Living My Faith series, Prof. Kenneth A. Cherney's 8-lesson study, Prayer, gives an engaging overview that helps students examine the important gift of their conversations with God.

Teaching Tip
Is Repetition Enough?

Those who engage with a new concept only once or twice typically won't recall it at a later time, while those who engage with it three or more times typically will. You might therefore assume that if you simply repeat an idea three times it is bound to stick. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Just think of the hundreds of radio commercials that repeat a phone number three times in quick succession; I doubt you remember the details from very many. This means pure repetition is not enough. In order for the concept to be learned, each exposure must be deliberate and explicit. If people do not consciously think about and/or interact with information, they will never learn it.

Jared Cooney Horvath
Stop Talking Start Influencing
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