The Jubilee Centre’s vision for training is to develop and champion Christian leaders who are inspired and informed by the Bible who seek to become agents of change in the world. We want to grow as a community of learners and practitioners, who are committed to understanding the biblical basis and framework for social transformation, and are committed to applying their knowledge in specific contexts and areas of life and work.
Learning is a goal-directed activity and the goal of being a participant on the Biblical Foundations for Public Leadership course is personal and social transformation.
Every one of us is a natural-born explorer and learner. This tendency can be observed even in infants. But learning also happens in many different ways. Each one of us process information in uniquely different ways because our brain is wired differently and also our cultural backgrounds play a part in this. We sincerely hope that you feel included and supported in the learning process because your own contribution is vital and valuable. Please don’t feel your questions or comments might be too basic. Everything you contribute adds to the experience of the group. What is really critical is that you engage with the resources, understand the key ideas, and seeking to make the knowledge relevant and applicable in your life and work circumstances.
Online learning is increasingly becoming a major form of adult education. It is very likely that for many of you online study is not new but there might be some for whom this is new. No matter what your background and experiences we hope that you will both enjoy and benefit from being part of our online training programme. We have based this course on a blended learning approach, combining personal study in your own time with coming together for regular discussion times with other participants at the beginning and end of each module.
Online learning has made it possible for diverse participants from different geographical locations to join Jubilee Centre’s Learning Community.
So welcome to our online programme, we are expectant for what lies ahead!
Jubilee Online Learning Outcomes:
a) Participants will develop the ability to discern and interpret what is happening in society from a biblical, relational perspective.
b) Participants will gain the skills and confidence to apply biblical principles to specific issues and contexts in their work, church, city or nation.
c) Participants will build relationships with others on the course, based on shared vision, geography and calling
d) Longer term collaboration and partnerships are expected to be formed through your participation on the course.
The Structure of the Course:
The BFPL course is structured into Modules.
The course begins with the introductory 1) Foundations Module covering the the topics of Biblical vision for society and Relational Thinking. This is followed by modules on 2) The Economy, 3) Politics, 4) Law & Justice, 5) The Arts, 6) Welfare, 7) Family & Sexual ethics and 8) Science & Technology. Each Module has four lessons and it will take five weeks to complete one module, including one week for writing your reflective essay.
Each lesson will generally have six resources, which are divided into three levels.
Level 1 – two short introductory videos.
Level 2 – two short articles, each about thousand words.
level 3 – two longer essays (mostly Cambridge Papers), usually four thousand words each.
On average it will take around 2 -3 hours every week to complete a lesson. Please make sure you set time aside every week to finish your readings. During the week when you write your reflective essay there will be no readings.
You are strongly encouraged to post comments (about 100 – 150 words) every week and you can also respond to comments posted by others. Your comments will demonstrate that you have engaged with the resources. Your study group leader will try and respond to your comments.
At the beginning of each module and at the end of the module, you have a one hour Skype discussion with the other participants in your study group. The purpose of the introductory discussion is to have an open discussion regarding the topic of the module and for the study group introduce you to the key ideas and themes in the module. The end of module discussion (after the four lessons) is to clarify and answer any questions you might have as you went through the lessons in the module and gives you an opportunity to hear what the others in your group are thinking.
Participation in the Skype discussion is mandatory for completing the course.
Once you have completed all your readings for the four lessons, you are expected to write a reflective essay of between 1,500 and 2,000 words. This is not meant to be an academic piece of work but it is more an opportunity for you to put in writing the key ideas in the module and how they have impacted your thinking. You can also include thoughts you might have on how you can apply the ideas to your own life and work context.
Guidelines for Skype discussion:
• Please be available to start punctually (delay on your part has an impact on the others).
• When you are not speaking please do mute your microphone.
• Please be sensitive and allow everyone in the group to have a chance to speak and contribute.
• The online discussion will not exceed one hour.
• The online discussion always includes people from across different countries and time zones.
• For some of the participants, English is not their first language, so please be patient as you listen to others.
The course director, Philip Powell, has overall responsibility for leading the programme. His role is to motivate and encourage the learner to critically engage with the resources to achieve the stated learning outcomes. If you have questions or issues regarding any aspect of the programme, please contact Philip (firstname.lastname@example.org)