At the Mission Training Center, we believe that workers will be most effective sharing the gospel when properly equipped. Would you benefit from hands-on training in personal evangelism and church
At the Mission Training Center, we believe that workers will be most effective sharing the gospel when properly equipped. Would you benefit from hands-on training in personal evangelism and church planting? Would you find it helpful to cultivate a global perspective of the Kingdom of God? If the work of spreading the gospel is urgent—and we believe it is—training is like sharpening the saw. No time is lost when you stop and sharpen the saw.
Long-Term Orientation (LTO) was designed for workers going into cross-cultural ministry, and we feel that this training is beneficial to school teachers involved in an urban or mission school. Your work of education is a noble calling and a tremendous gift to your students. We desire to come alongside you and assist in reaching children and parents for Christ through the platform of education. While LTO does not focus directly on teaching ministry, it does focus on evangelism, cross-cultural relationships, church planting, and teamwork.
Long-Term Orientation lasts six weeks. The 2020 summer term runs from June 8 to July 17. The schedule includes classes, outreach, and mentoring. If you are feeling tired, ineffective, or alone—we invite you to come and spend some time sharpening your saw at the Mission Training Center.
June 8 (Monday) 8:00 AM - July 17 (Friday) 5:00 PM EST
93-28 Corona Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Mission Training CenterThe Mission Training Center in New York City exists to prepare workers to reach the unreached by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ across cultures. Our location in Elmhurst, Queens – one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the world – uniquely positions us to provide both academic and practical training in missions so that workers may labor effectively in the harvest field. Our vision is to see every church passionate about going to all nations and each worker empowered to accomplish the task.[email protected] 93-28 Corona Ave. Elmhurst, NY 11373
During the month of July, Faith Builders operates a five-week term. We offer courses during this term designed to prepare and equip teachers
Good teachers are always learning and growing, increasing their knowledge and skills while developing as individuals. Many teachers have found that the challenge and discipline of Summer Term courses has increased their effectiveness as teachers. Summer Term provides an opportunity for teachers to invest in their capabilities as a teacher. Many schools and churches are encouraging that investment by offering financial support to teachers attending Summer Term at Faith Builders.
- The Principles of Teaching course has reached capacity.
- We continue to monitor government restrictions in regard to Covid-19 to determine whether and what size Summer Term is possible.
- As of June 15, registration for Summer Term 2020 is closed.
2020 Course Listing
|A||Principles of Teaching I CLASS FULL||3||Patrick Heatwole|
|Chemistry for the Non-Scientist CANCELLED||3||John Mark Kuhns|
|Anabaptist History||3||Stephen Russell|
|B||Foundations of Education||3||Steven Brubaker|
|Child Development||3||Jonas Sauder|
|Music Fundamentals CANCELLED||3||Brandon Mullet|
|C||Creative Writing||3||John Coblentz|
|Integrated Studes: the Progressive Era (T-Th) CANCELLED||2||Jonas Sauder|
|Class Voice (M,W)||1||Brandon Mullet|
|Beginning Choral Conducting (T,Th)||1||Brandon Mullet|
|D||World Geography||3||Stephen Russell|
|Teaching Secondary Math (M-Th)||2||John Mark Kuhns|
|Teaching Literature (M, W)||1||Jonas Sauder|
|Growing into a Godly Woman (T, Th)||1||Marie Mullet|
|E||Choir (daily)||1||Brandon Mullet|
June 29 (Monday) - July 31 (Friday) EST
04augAll Day07CancelledWestern Fellowship Teachers' Institute 2020Twelfth AnnualWe attempted to make our decision with the overall good of our schools in focus, as well as in consideration of the hosting communities in view of the COVID-19 situation.(All Day) PST Event Organized By: WFTI Board
Greetings to each in the name of Jesus, We have decided to cancel the WFTI 2020 event. While we realize that this may be disappointing and that there are reasons that
Greetings to each in the name of Jesus,
We have decided to cancel the WFTI 2020 event.
While we realize that this may be disappointing and that there are reasons that could be given to continue with this year’s program, we also feel that the situation is unclear enough and complex enough with proceeding that it would be better to cancel. We attempted to make our decision with the overall good of our schools in focus, as well as in consideration of the hosting communities in view of the COVID-19 situation.
Now what? Are there some alternatives?
We are thinking of ways that we can still help you prepare to teach this coming school term. We are especially concerned for new teachers who might want some extra guidance. Also, we think of those who might be expecting tough situations or trying to solve complex learning and teaching problems this year. We have some ideas brewing and plan to follow up with another email. We would be delighted if you have suggestions for us. Feel free to send them to [email protected] for our consideration.
Thank you for your understanding.
The WFTI board
Western Fellowship Teachers’ Institute is planned for Tuesday, August 4 to Friday, August 7. This is especially geared for teachers and so we cordially invite anyone who has taught, is teaching, or will be teaching. While we are delighted to see teachers come, we also want to invite board members, church leaders, school administrators and others who have a heart for and an interest in the Christian day school movement. We are convinced that there will be something inspirational for everyone, whatever your connection to Christian education may be.
Please note: The committee requests that all attendees register. You may register online or fill out the form below and submit it by email or postal mail.
Download the program or preview it below.
Download the topic descriptions or preview them below.
Download the topic descriptions or preview them below. You can also register online.
The committee offers a few things of note for your consideration:
- There is no tuition or registration cost to attend this school institute. The expenses are covered by freewill donations. If you would like to help with these costs, there will be a place designated at the institute for you to leave donations. The approximate expense per attendee is $85.
- Teachers are always on the lookout for new ideas. At WFTI, we will have a place for you to display ideas for art and science projects, bulletin boards, or any other things you think could be a help to other teachers. Even if you brought it before, feel free to bring it again. Don’t leave them at home! There will be new teachers who may benefit.
- Please take the time to register! It is easy to put it off or to ignore this, but for the organizers, this would be very helpful. The instructions for registering are on the back of the enclosed program. Also, if you want someone to help with your lodging, please be sure to register by July 27 and let Gary and Senesa know that you need lodging. Please be responsible to arrange your own transportation.
- As always, please be free with your suggestions, questions, and any other feedback on any part of the WFTI program.
As a board, we are anticipating a wonderful time of fellowship, interaction, and encouragement at WFTI this coming summer! If you cannot be there in person, please pray for this effort. Pray for our Christian day schools throughout the country. Pray that we may continue to enjoy this privilege and that our schools may truly be effective in molding the character of our children in such a way that they want to serve the Lord and live a life that is active in His service as they become adults.
God bless each of you,
The WFTI Board: Jonathan Miller, chairman; Loren Kropf, secretary; Wendell Rohrer, treasurer; Nolan Bechtel and John Smucker, members
august 4 (Tuesday) - 7 (Friday) PST
04aug(aug 4)8:00 PM07(aug 7)1:00 PMCancelledTeachers' Week 2020Cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Stay tuned for further updates.8:00 PM - 1:00 PM (7) EST Faith Builders Educational Programs Event Organized By: FBEP
2020 PROGRAM CANCELLED Because of the ongoing risk of transmission of COVID-19 in large events, we have decided
2020 PROGRAM CANCELLED
Because of the ongoing risk of transmission of COVID-19 in large events, we have decided to cancel Teachers Week 2020. More details will be posted at fbep.org as they are available.
Held each August, Teachers Week provides an opportunity for new and experienced teachers to participate in workshops and breakouts designed to increase their effectiveness in the classroom.
Teachers Week includes content for new and experienced teachers. Content-focused workshops and breakouts discuss history, science, math, literature, spelling, Bible, and more.
Teachers Week check-in begins at 6:00 PM on Monday, July 29. The event ends after lunch is served on Friday, August 2.
Texts for Teachers
SPLIT SESSIONS: NEWER TEACHERS
Becoming an Effective Teacher
SPLIT SESSIONS: EXPERIENCED TEACHERS
A Kingdom Vision for Teachers
- Phonics: Learning to Read – Glenda Miller & Becky Sue Kreider
- Trauma: What Has it Done to My Students’ Brain? – Becky Sue Kreider
- Dyslexia: Signs, Symptoms, & Solutions – Becky Bollinger
- Mentoring Teens & Young Adults – Nate Nolt
- Making the Pen Mightier than the Sword – Carol Burkholder
- and many more
11 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS
- New Teacher Orientation – Esther Bean, Howard Bean
Ready to teach? Effective teaching requires preparation, and this workshop is intended to help prepare you for your first year in the classroom. It will include such topics as motivation, a typical lesson, and the learning process. We recommend that new teachers also take the pertinent breakout sessions in conjunction with this workshop: Classroom Management (K-2) and Discipline: Preventive and Corrective.
Leading Productive Classroom Discussions – Jonas Sauder
An important life skill to develop in school is the student’s ability to actively and purposefully engage in lively, thoughtful, respectful discussions. After participating in several discussions led by the workshop presenter, participants will take turns leading a group discussion on one or more topics of their choice, such as a literary selection, history, geography, current events, or Bible. A variety of techniques, guidelines, and models for enhancing discussions will be shared.
- Beginner’s Word, Excel, & Powerpoint – Ed Brunet
Designed for the new teacher who’s just getting started with the Microsoft Office programs, you will get hands-on experience with MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. We start with the basics and build a foundation giving you practical examples to use in the classroom right away.
- Big Songs for Little People – Jeff Swanson
Sweet warm ups. Easy to learn vocal techniques. Fun games. PIZZA. Sight singing. Solfege. Smiles. Grades 1-6. No stress program planning. Big Songs. Lots..
- Developing Math Teaching Skills – Rolin Martin
A math teacher’s job is never done. Content must be mastered, work must be graded, and better teaching frameworks need to be developed. This workshop will provide you with new teaching techniques to try and a chance to develop your math teaching skills. It will be geared toward seventh to twelfth grade math teachers, but fifth and sixth grade teachers will find plenty of helpful tips as well.
Time For Recess! – Laura Conley
If it’s everyone’s favorite school subject why do they spend so much time arguing and complaining about it? How much is necessary? Should it always be organized games? What ages should play together? Can you share recess duty? What “new” game ideas can you share/take back to your school? Recess is for all ages; come prepared to play so you’re prepared to play.
- Nature: A Living Textbook – Dana Atkinson
As Peter Farb wrote, “We live on the rooftops of a hidden world”. Attendees participate in eye-opening investigations of plants, insects, and biological phenomena in the nearby yard and woods. This workshop offers teachers a set of ‘tools’ that enable them to guide students into discovering the wow-factor in something as ordinary as a stalk of goldenrod from the schoolyard. Walking shoes and curiosity are recommended.
- YAY! It’s Time for Reading – Deana Swanson
Reading should pretty much be pure pleasure– great stories, interesting characters, and wonderful endings. In this workshop we will be discussing how to really enjoy the stories while also covering comprehension, vocabulary, read-aloud techniques, and more. Infuse your reading class with excitement and passion. Bring a reader that you use in your classroom.
- Communicating Clearly – Anthony Hurst (FULL)
Communication is the connection that allows thoughts, ideas, and emotions to flow between people. After looking at Biblical principles, we will focus on developing useful skills for both public speaking and classroom instruction. Opportunity will be given for attendees to give a 3-5 minute presentation – a story, an academic or object lesson, etc. This workshop is now filled to capacity.
- Art with Intention – Hannah Scott Nolt
Come prepared to create and learn how to lead your students in creating. You don’t have to be a great artist to teach art concepts to your students! This workshop is open to all teachers. You will receive free lesson plans for students at the level you teach and will walk away with a finished example to show your students. $5 supply fee. Maximum of 40 participants.
- Teaching Low-Tech Science – John Mark Kuhns
“Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” This proverb should ring in the mind of every science teacher, and should provide the backdrop for every science class. Unfortunately, though, many schools have little room in the budget for specialized science equipment or supplies, so science teachers must use extra creativity to involve their students. From homemade incubators to kitchen chemistry, this workshop will give ideas for teachers who must use everyday objects to teach science. The presentation will be geared toward science teachers in the middle to upper grades, but is open to teachers of all levels.
4 (Tuesday) 8:00 PM - 7 (Friday) 1:00 PM EST
FBEP814-789-4518 28527 Guys Mills Rd, Guys Mills, PA 16327
The board of the Western Fellowship Teachers' Institute invites you to attend the second annual Pacific School Leadership Institute (PSLI)! This event is intended to be an encouragement to school
The board of the Western Fellowship Teachers’ Institute invites you to attend the second annual Pacific School Leadership Institute (PSLI)! This event is intended to be an encouragement to school leaders in any capacity. Principals, school board members, church leaders, and anyone else interested in school administration, please come join us for learning and networking. See the attached program and topic descriptions for detailed information.
We hope you and anyone else from your congregation with an interest in Christian schools will be able to attend! Feel free to forward this program to anyone you know would be interested.
If you are planning to attend, please don’t neglect to register as soon as possible. Your registration is a great help in our planning and preparation.
God bless your interest in the work of His schools, and we hope to see you at PSLI this fall!
-Western Fellowship Teachers’ Institute Board
View or download the program
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Why Does PSLI Exist?
The Pacific School Leadership Institute (PSLI) is a new event for the Northwest. The vision for this event was born of a growing realization that our school administrators and school board members need a place to receive encouragement and teaching both from instructors and from each other. In November of 2018 the ministry of the Western Fellowship voted to proceed with a school board-related meeting, and they tasked the Western Fellowship Teacher’s Institute (WFTI) board with planning the new event.
As the generations come and go, it is becoming harder for us to remember the provocations that moved our forefathers to start their own Christian schools. As we forget the impetus that motivated them, we also give up the purpose and vigor that burned within them. The mission statement of PSLI is “To reinforce purpose and vigor for Christian education.” PSLI is intended to remind us of the reasons for our schools, and reinforce how worthy they are of our staunch commitment and hard work.
School board members are usually assigned a job they did not ask for, and many of them feel inadequate for the responsibilities given them. The work of directing the school is often complex and time consuming, sometimes messy and bewildering. Inexperience frequently makes school board members feel ignorant of the needs of school and teachers; they may not comprehend the importance of issues facing them; they might not incorporate effective solutions to school problems. PSLI is intended to help blow away the fog that can enshroud affairs facing our schools, and assist in giving our school board members tools and ideas to help them positively impact their schools and churches.
Head teachers/principals also face the dilemmas of school alongside the school boards. Teaching and administrating gives them a unique perspective on the needs and demands of school. Though familiar with daily school operations, they also can benefit from encouragement and reminders of the “big picture” they are laboring in. PSLI is intended to help encourage and invigorate our teachers and principals, and aid in giving clarity to the trends and needs facing them daily.
Church leaders also have a stake in the school’s operation, and they are responsible to give general direction and vision to the school’s work. They are the chief supporters of the school board, teachers, and patrons. PSLI is intended to offer refreshment to our church leaders’ view of school and help them understand how to guide without micromanaging and involve themselves without assuming the school board’s tasks.
PSLI will be an opportunity to better understand what should be happening in our schools, and how to work on making those things happen. Conceptual material will be presented to help us understand the thoughts behind our educational programs. It is hoped that attendees will be better able to evaluate their schools and identify strengths and weaknesses. Practical material will present ideas and techniques for addressing the issues facing our schools. It is hoped that attendees will be better prepared for bolstering their school’s strengths and bringing improvement to the weaknesses.
Please pray for the planning and preparation still to be done for PSLI. The meeting is intended to encourage us in the Lord’s work, and our adversary will certainly try to thwart it. Please encourage your church leaders, school board members, and teachers to attend. Many of us understand the importance of professional development; why should we neglect an opportunity for inspiration and enrichment in our school responsibilities? Let as many of us as possible come together for encouragement and blessing in the work of our schools.
15 (Thursday) 5:30 PM - 16 (Friday) 3:45 PM PST
Grace Slavic Baptist Church
5116 W. Garden Springs Rd., Spokane, WA 99224
You are invited to the 15th annual Conservative Anabaptist School Board Institute! Block out the date in your calendar now; topics and location are to be announced nearer to the
You are invited to the 15th annual Conservative Anabaptist School Board Institute! Block out the date in your calendar now; topics and location are to be announced nearer to the date.
19 (Friday) 8:15 AM - 20 (Saturday) 12:00 PM EST