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A Christ Centered Criteria for an Effective Curriculum and Instructional Approach to Teaching and Learning

Paul the apostle wrote, "We admonish and teach every man with all wisdom that we may present everyone complete in Christ." (Col. 1:27,28)

1. Christ centered is the priority in all things more than an emphasis on academic excellence in all that is in your overt and covert curriculum.

2. Contextualized more than idealistic so that the graduates are more effective, equipped and able to edify people toward maturity in all aspects of life. A contextualized curriculum is concerned about helping people grow mentally, socially, culturally, emotionally, physically and Biblically.

3. Progressive more than traditional in the sense that the approach is constantly refining, improving and learning how to excel in building disciples that will win people to Christ and plant and grow churches that give the maximum glory to God.

4. Holistic more than compartmentalized in the sense that your approach is concerned about producing competent specialists who are able to become all things to all men that by all means they may follow Paul's example of winning people to Christ. One area of your curriculum and instructional approach to be integrated with all other aspects.

5. Prioritizing your approach more than just being concerned about transferring a body of knowledge to the students. Priority based teaching helps one avoid crisis management orientations. The priorities of your curriculum and instruction should give glory to God through: 1) Helping people know and worship Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord 2) Helping people plant and grow churches in quantity and quality 3). Helping people fulfill Christ's great commission of Matthew 28:19,2)

6. Yours should be a dynamic curriculum more than a static approach that is not responsive to the changing concerns of the church, the society or the pupils without being contextually dependent.

7. Objective more than subjective oriented in our approach. Having clear objectives for each course so that the students are challenged to close the gap between the ideals of Christ likeness and their realities.

8. Balanced more than trying to be too task oriented or too relationally concerned.

9. Spirit led rather than cold dry academic approach that leads one to be arrogant and out of touch with the real needs of people and Christ's will, church or mission. You consistently remind people that the Spirit of God is the Christian's best teacher.

10. Biblically based without being narrow minded or irrelevant.

11. Aware that all truth is God's truth. Ever searching to maximize one's understanding and wisdom of the will of God for groups as well as for individuals.

12. Obedience oriented education that stresses competency rather than ivory tower education. James writes, "Be doers of the word and not merely hearers only who deceive themselves.

13. Multi-faceted approach so that your students are able to be set on a quest for life long learning rather than to cease their non-formal learning upon graduation.

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