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Two Words That Open the Door to Unlimited Learning

Jeff Charbonneau was named 2013 National Teacher of the Year for a reason. The man gets involved. In his small school in Zillah, Washington, a community of only 3,000 people, Charbonneau wears many hats. He’s the high school chemistry teacher. He’s also the yearbook teacher and the assistant drama teacher. He used to be the assistant baseball coach. He even …

What I’m Learning About Small Groups: Evaluate and Improve (Part 2)

  This is part two of a series of posts I am doing describing the process of evaluating our small group curriculum at First Family Church and the changes we made based on feedback. If you missed it, you can read part 1 of the series here in which I describe our curriculum for the 2012-13 school year. Starting in the Fall …

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What I’m Learning About Small Groups: Less Is More (Part 1)

Twice a year, at the end of the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester, we send out evaluation forms to our Small Group Leaders and to our church congregation. The purpose is simple, we want to know how we are doing in the area of small groups at First Family. One of the areas we focus …

The Sunday Sermon: How Long is Too Long?

See on Scoop.it – eLearning Church General observations: More interactivity in a course (which is good!) equals less certainty you have over the length of each lesson. In designing online training, assume your learner will have zero previous exposure to the content. As a general rule, elearning courses should never exceed two hours in length, and this is only for …

How Does Alistair Begg Prepare to Preach

  A group of us from First Family attended the Pastor’s Conference at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago last week, and I do not think I would be alone in my opinion that Alistair Begg was one of the highlights of the week. His messages from 1 Samuel 17 spoke to the deep sense in all of us that we …

Facebook Page vs. Group: Which Should I Use?

I recently responded to a question regarding the differences between Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups. I use both extensively and thought I would share some of my preferences when making the decision whether to start a Page or a Group. When to Use a Facebook Page When we first started developing for the web back in the 90s, most referred …

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Total Recall and Your Digital Memory

Photo Courtesy of Flickr / Ian-S   Believe it nor, I actually started using Twitter on May 29, 2008. My first tweet? “celler: This is a test message from my cell phone.” One of those great moments in history, similar to your child’s first words, right?    Total Recall   What is significant is that for the first time I …