Mulvihill, Joshua R. An Analysis of the Practices and Perceived Roles of American Grandparents among Evangelical Christians. Phd Diss. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2016
IBI course that can be offered beginning in the winter of 2021.
A draft program was initiated in September for a 10-week class held every Tuesday night with a select group of 10 sets of grandparents who can provide feedback before opening up the program to the congregation.
Annual church recognition of the biblical role of grandparents coincident with Grandparents Day (1st Sunday after Labor Day) - deferred
Complete a survey at least 30 active attenders of IBC on their interest and prepare recommendations for establishing a Grandparent Ministry based on that survey NLT Jun 2020. - deferred
Complete reading of three grandparenting books in resources by 1 Mar, 1 Apr and 1 May.
Overall Reflection Statement for Communication
The introduction of COVID changed the timing and content of my internship. In reviewing plans for a Grandparent course in the fall, the pastors of adult education and groups requested I consider some online training that could be used for teaching either remotely or in person. That set off a spring/early summer effort to build up two courses for improving study options during COVID. This successfully turned into avideo introducing online bible resources as well as a short summary of 10 different online bible resources that provide a combination of English translations, bible study material and different tools. This recorded class was followed up by an interactive course of the use of Logos Bible Software to over 30 people over a 4-week period during Sunday and Tuesday evening sessions.
As I developed and demonstrated communication, I learned material to a new level and mastered much of the material through advanced and dedicated study. The online tools class was based on Sunday School class I taught three years ago. While I had completely moved over to Logos after entering seminary, introducing free online tools was a key topic of interest to church leadership and they asked me to update and build a video instructional program. Summarizing the tools really helped me appreciate the details available to the public and the additional capabilities now available online. I also had to learn the "art" of video recording to teach online that I have not nearly mastered.
Teaching Logos was an added task that I proposed due to its applicability to remote study and online teaching. This course was completely different since it required me to teach and demonstrate a very complex set of features in real time. This took far more study than I had expected, but was well worth the effort. Since Logos was an interactive program, I met and coached people from all parts of the church—including the wife of a pastor, an elder, several retired couples and both working men and women. I loved mixing the use of tools with biblical material and lessons. I also enjoyed unpacking the details that helped people improve their personal study skills in spite of COVID restrictions.
Lifelong Development Statement
As a result of the experiences documented by these artifacts, I will continue to develop my communication skills in different ways. Online video recording and editing is a challenging skill—and much harder than looks. This is a huge area for growth and opportunity in expanding my teaching goals for the future. This also includes the goal of getting even more proficient in tools like Zoom to support teaching courses.
I learned that remote teaching is a challenge and you really have to adjust your interactive approach to teaching online. I was encouraged by the comments and gratitude for church members in learning helpful material. Practice is the key for getting more effective in teaching. That was obvious when I set up my Logos course to teach the same material on Sunday morning and Tuesday night. Tuesday sessions were definitely a higher quality. I’ve been blessed with opportunities to teach material that is relevant and helpful. Teaching Bible study tools is a process I plan to continue and grow in addition to any other focused ministry efforts related to grandparent ministry.