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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Posted in creativity, events, faith, learning on 11/16/2014 by mark novelli


Fascinating article that I think the observations can be applied to education, church and events in general.  Here is a segment:

Key Takeaway #2

High school students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90 percent of their classes.

Obviously I was only shadowing for two days, but in follow-up interviews with both of my host students, they assured me that the classes I experienced were fairly typical.

Read the full article HERE.

Ready for MERGE

Posted in about imago, communication, creativity, events, faith, gatherings, learning, story on 07/08/2011 by Kelly Dolan

Tomorrow, we head up to Cornerstone University with Michael Novelli and the rest of the team for MERGE 2011. Students and leaders will arrive Monday of next week, and we’re so happy to have a mix of new and returning groups joining us. As we’ve said on the blog before (and pretty much any time we talk about it), MERGE is one of our most favorite things we do each year.

One of the main reasons is that MERGE is a chance for us to take all that we are learning about narrative, experiential learning and creative communication, and use that learning to inspire us to try new things, new ways of learning and gathering. It’s the kind of stuff we think about and help other organizations with year round. But at MERGE, we get to personally be with student ministries for a week and do everything we can to help them truly experience God’s story, and find themselves in that story.

Another reason MERGE is a highlight for us is that the entire week is shaped by the students themselves. We don’t have a central communicator for the week. No one tells students exactly what they’re supposed to learn. Instead, we provide a wide range of creative experiences and a learner-centered environment where we trust God will speak directly to students throughout the day. As they go through the day, we have specific times when students share with one another what they are learning and how God has been speaking. In doing so, the students become the teachers of one another.

It’s really an amazing thing to watch, and we couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this event!

You can keep up with us throughout the week here, and on the MERGE Facebook page, or by following us on Twitter.

The Mountain

Posted in faith on 05/06/2011 by Kelly Dolan

I think I’ve watched this video at least 3 or 4 times (and downloaded the song from iTunes).

Because sometimes, nothing communicates more clearly about God than beauty.

Fantastic Commercial

Posted in creativity, faith, technology on 01/28/2011 by mark novelli

This video, for me, served as a physical and metaphorical picture of the restoration of a city. It is what I desire to be a part of creating in my own city, and feel privileged to join others who are already doing it!

[Ht: Michael Novelli]

Fellowship Housing

Posted in about imago, faith on 01/27/2011 by mark novelli

We just concluded shooting a documentary-style video for Fellowship Housing last night.

I’ve been humbled, challenged and overwhelmed by the stories of the courageous moms we’ve met and how their lives are being transformed.

Fellowship Housing’s mission is “homelessness to hope, one family at a time.” They provide a 2 year program for Mom’s and their children facing crisis that gives them one-on-one mentoring and affordable housing. In addition to emotional support, the program helps them set a strict budget, eliminate debt, and learn parenting skills.

We’ve also brought along a few very talented friends to help us on this project, Randy Warren, Dave Olson and Kevin Koesterer. We enjoy working with this guys so much—and they do excellent work.

Please check out Fellowship Housing and consider supporting their efforts.

Localization and the Church

Posted in faith, gatherings on 12/20/2010 by Kelly Dolan

Perhaps I’ve got my antenna up about the whole thing, but I just keep reading more about localization and cities becoming hyper-local. I blogged about what it might mean for the Church here earlier this year.

It’s amazing to me how much comes down to our ability to get in a car and travel a long distance to attend church with people we don’t live close to. Of course, the Church comes in many forms. And in our current U.S. culture, where getting in your car and driving 30-60 minutes to do just about anything is the norm, it’s totally understandable that people don’t mind driving long ways to church, many of of which are large, attractional congregations that draw thousands of people from dozens (if not hundreds) of miles in each direction.

But what if…? What if we couldn’t drive? Or what if we didn’t drive? How would we be forced to rethink what local faith communities look like? What would happen if we decided to “think local first”?

[logo above taken from Think Local First of Washtenaw County, MI]

Mindsets and Spiritual Growth

Posted in faith on 12/01/2010 by Kelly Dolan

Fascinating article with links from Daniel Pink about the role our mindset plays in what we actually accomplish. It made me think a lot about what kinds of mindsets we foster in the church. Are they ones that lead towards people believing change is possible in their lives, and desiring it too?

Generally, I know we like to talk a lot about the possibility of change. What I’m really interested in is whether or not we treat people (in each and every interaction with them) as if we believe in their ability to change and grow. Or does our attitude and behavior towards them say, “I know who you are and what you are like. I don’t suppose you will change.”

What do you think? Are are churches truly building cultures of change, or just talking about it?