Nurturing Experience Theologically (NETwork): research into congregation-based adult Christian education

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Start Date: 
Wed, 11/01/1989
End Date: 
Sun, 06/30/1991

As an experiment in congregation-based adult education, this project provided an opportunity for Earlham faculty to teach in the context of congregations and to have its own understanding of teaching and theological education influenced by that experience. The end result was the development of the NETWork (Nurturing Experience Theologically) program, an adult education program suitable for use with members of a congregation who are already actively involved in church life, and searching for deeper and more sustained reflection on that involvement. It is structured over a nine month time span (similar to an academic year), and involves small group encounters at regular intervals, and significant amounts of individual reflection in between group meetings. "Gathering the Seekers" is a leader's guide to the N.E.T. process. It contextualizes the program, and suggests resources and background reading that are appropriate for someone who is implementing the program. It also explains and illustrates (using examples) what the N.E.T. process means by a "spiritual autobiography" and a ministry experience report." The N.E.T. program is used in several locations around the country, and publishes an intermittent newsletter. Jim Newby is available to do training and consultations with groups who are interested in implementing the program locally. (MH)

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