The Reverend John Littleton

Learning in a Congregation ~ A Learning Community Perspective for Christian Formation and Christian Education. Download in PDF format.

Thesis Abstract: Enhanced Faith Learning in Parishes
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A New Resource on Teaching and Learning in Congregations
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Jesus as the Teacher: Facilitator of Learning
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Learning and Teaching in Australian Congregations
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Order form for "A Handbook on Leading Learning in Congregations"
A new Christian Education Publication by John Littleton, A Handbook on Leading Learning in Congregations, April 2010. Click here to access the PDF information leaflet and order form.

"A Learning Community Focus for Christian Education" published
John Littleton's article on "A Learning Community Focus for Christian Education" has been published in the Journal of the Religious Education Association, USA. Vol.103 No.5 October-December 2008.

Celebration and Launch of John's Learning Community Handbook.
Read John's address at the launch of "A Handbook for A Learning Community Perspective in Congregations".

Order Form for a "Learning Community Perspective in Congregations" Handbook
A Christian Education Publication by John Littleton, A Handbook for A Learning Community Perspective in Congregations, May 2008. Click here to access the PDF information leaflet with order form.

Consultant
The Reverend John Littleton is a Consultant on Learning and Teaching in Parishes. Please contact him for details.

About John Littleton
The Reverend John Littleton B.A., B.Ed., DipRK., MACE is a retired Anglican priest in The Diocese of Adelaide. He was Rector of St. Saviour's Anglican Church, Glen Osmond, Adelaide 1992-2006 ( retired 2/10/06). He was Provincial Field Officer (1983-1986) then Provincial Consultant in Education (1986-1992) in the Anglican Church in South Australia with the Anglican Board of Christian Education. He has also ministered in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, and the Diocese of Gippsland, Australia. He is co-author and co-editor of Spiritual Presence: Commemorating 150 years at Glen Osmond, Openbook Print, 2006. A bound copy of John's 2016 Doctor of Ministry Thesis is available in the Adelaide Theological Library at The Adelaide College of Divinity, 34 Lipsett Terrace, Brooklyn Park, SA 5032. The Thesis is entitled ENHANCED FAITH LEARNING IN PARISHES.


In this thesis I argue that the learning community processes—of holism, collaboration and theological reflection—when intentionally practised in parishes, enhance learning outcomes in terms of the knowledge, understanding and practice of the Christian faith.
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Recommending the book entitled Teaching The Way of Jesus: Educating Christians in Faithful Living by Jack Seymour.
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In this paper, the author contributes to the literature on Jesus as the Teacher by examining the Gospel portrayals of Jesus’ teaching ministry through the window of a learning-community approach in parishes. Implications for the contemporary ministry of teaching and learning in the parish context are considered.
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This is about Christian Education courses and ordination in the Anglican Church.
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Launched on Monday August 4th, 2008, during the St. Barnabas’ Theological College Eucharist at The Adelaide College of Divinity, Brooklyn Park, SA.
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This practical handbook about Christian learning is written for clergy and lay leaders to use in congregations and parishes, to help build an effective educational ministry for the whole congregation.
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This handbook is about Christian learning and leadership in church congregations from a learning community perspective and is written for clergy and local leaders to use in their congregation/parish.
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This section outlines all the contents of the "Learning in a Congregation" pdf documents available for download via the links below
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The Introduction includes these sections: A personal story in Christian learning, the search for accessibility in Christian Education, the distinctive features of a Learning Community, Investment in Christian Education, and a section on the future. Some references, questions and acknowledgements are also included.
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This document has 5 chapters:
1. Christian Education Belongs to the Whole Church
2. Many Windows of Access to Christian Education
3. Moments of Learning From God
4. Approaches to Christian Education
5. Helping Christian Education Flourish in Congregations
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The focus of this chapter is on the whole congregation as a learning community. Recent literature is mentioned. Four aspects of leadership are suggested. Significant outcomes from the learning community approach are outlined. This approach changes our understanding of Christian education.
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This chapter is an introduction to the Christian practices approach to Christian Education, the resources available and the educational methods suggested. This approach indicates that more opportunities for Christian Education are readily available in parishes, if only we are aware and intentional.
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The intention of this chapter is to explore the “learning” aspects of the Church, beginning with the past and focussing on the present, using the example of St Saviour’s Anglican Church in the Parish of Glen Osmond in Adelaide.
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The Learning Community approach requires leaders to be multi-skilled and multi-faceted in their educational ministry for the whole congregation. This chapter outlines some general competencies and some specific skills of ministry needed by leaders in a congregation that learns, and describes two practical exercises of review and overview for workshop use.
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This article considers Christian Education in the mixed economy of the Mission-Shaped Church in the light of the learning community approach to Christian Education in Parishes. Growing new Christians is placed in the context of an educational ministry for the whole congregation where there is a sound theology of mission. In both ways, through a mixed economy approach and a learning community perspective, Christian formation and education are essential for new and longstanding friends of Jesus.
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Questions for individual and group reflection / discussion
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Emphasises the importance of context in Christian Formation and Education.
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