Section Two – Knowledge Competencies

One – Vision     Two – Knowledge     Three – Attitudes     Four – Skills     Five – Evaluation

This section of my blog details my self-assessment of my knowledge competencies.

1a​- Able to articulate a clear statement of their vision for providing leadership in supporting faith nurture across the lifespan

Initial Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent
Final Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent

Explain:

While I spend a great deal of time reflecting upon my faith, I feel that I can articulate it well, with respect to how I understand it currently. It is a growing edge, but yet is currently workable.

Plan for continued learning at the seminary and beyond:

I expect that as I continue within the MDiv curriculum at Luther Seminary, that I will continue to learn, and that my boundaries will continue to be challenged, in order to faciliate me being able to minister to a larger group of people.

1b​- Familiar with basic faith nurture and learning theories: faith development over the life cycle, multiple intelligences, constructivist learning design (eg. Parker Palmer’s “community of truth” model), developmental learning principles, cross cultural learning, etc.

Initial Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent
Final Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent

Explain:

I am still growing in my understanding of faith nurture and learning theories. As I have only had limiited opportunities to teach faith formation classes, my understanding of such ideas is limited.

Plan for continued learning at the seminary and beyond:

More so than seminary courses, I plan to do more teaching of faith formation classes at my home congregations, and try to incorporate the ideas that I have picked up along the way in this course.

1c​- Familiar with the integration of biblical narrative, theological inquiry and ritual practice within religious education.

Initial Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent
Final Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent

Explain:

I think that I have managed to be a good teacher of Biblical studies within the classroom. I have received very supportive feedback from members of the congregation. This does not mean that I have all the answers, but I do take it to mean that I have gifts to this end.

Plan for continued learning at the seminary and beyond:

I will continue to grow in relevant knowledge as I continue in the program.

1d​- Familiar with the history and trajectories of faith nurture, particularly in the student’s primary denominational/faith community context, so as to be able to assess a specific context and develop learning strategies within it

Initial Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent
Final Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent

Explain:

While I did not grow up in the Lutheran tradition, I have learned a great deal about it that I have tried to bring into adult faith formation.

Plan for continued learning at the seminary and beyond:

I plan to continue taking more courses from which I hope to learn more about faciliating a classroom where learners of all manner of ability can come to know the love of Jesus Christ.

1e​- Familiar with a variety of ways of supporting, structuring, facilitating and trouble-shooting learning communities

Initial Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent
Final Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent

Explain:

This is a difficult competentcy to claim, Particularly, I am engaged in learning from multiple contexts.

Plan for continued learning at the seminary and beyond:

In this way, I expect to learn a great deal from the partcular groups of people to whom I may be entering into an educational relationship.

1f​- Familiar with multiple models of faith nurture (eg. whole community catechesis, workshop rotation, intergenerational service, GodlyPlay, etc.)

Initial Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent
Final Assessment: Unfamiliar Growing Edge Relatively Strong Competent

Explain:

The fundamental ideas here make sense, but I have never participated with any of these programs, so I feel a bit alienated.

Plan for continued learning at the seminary and beyond:

Consider how I might incorporate some of these concepts of religious education into how I faciliate it.

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One thought on “Section Two – Knowledge Competencies

  1. This is a good basic self assessment. As you continue on, in your program and in your experience, I hope you’ll start to attach actual examples from your coursework and other settings, to flesh out these assertions.

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