A CURRICULUM DESIGN FOR SMALL GROUPS & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH CAGAYAN DISTRICT, UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PHILIPPINES
Ato, Excelsis Gamata
Graduate School of Theology Hoseo University
Department of Theology
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PHILIPPINES SMALL GROUPS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM DESIGN;
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This research emphasized the importance of curriculum guidelines in the church school specifically on the small group and leadership development. From a short survey of the historical background and base on my experiences and actual observation being part of this conference. The researcher found out some factors that hampered the Christian Education of small group and leadership development include the lack of written curriculum, lack of trained and dedicated teachers and leaders, improper teaching methods, and lack of adequate church facilities. The thesis, concludes that the church will not become a true worshipping, serving community of love, unless small groups become integral part of its on going life. Where the Christian and churches of South Cagayan District United Methodist Church, Philippines are growing in quality of life and witness and in numbers, in almost every instance small groups are the heartbeat of that new life. The researcher suggest the importance and role of curriculum in educational ministry in the small groups and leadership development. The thesis, stresses the need to formulate curriculum guidelines and teaching materials for small groups and leadership development as well as to educate the family and train the leaders and teachers in order to correct the situation. The thesis, suggest that in order to understand the developmental characteristic of children, the patterns of life become increasingly complex and more difficult to change as a person enters adolescence and adulthood the curriculum design should encourage children to have relationship with God, others, nature and history. also includes teaching-learning process, leadership development and resource materials. The thesis, strongly emphasize, leadership development, by every churches to organize leadership training, and taking a keen interest in who, how and when to recruit teachers and leaders. The thesis, proposed, some consideration that could improve and promote the educational ministry of South Cagayan District United Methodist Church, Philippines. Seek to have its own committee on church education directing the small groups and leadership development. Also needs an experts, experienced and well qualified teachers and theologians should be selected to form the Christian education curriculum committee to formulate curriculum that could meet the needs of every individual in the South Cagayan District United Methodist Church Philippines.