This course, designed for MDiv and MTS students, will engage students in the intensive practical theological work of designing, planning, and running a VBS at All Souls’ Parish, Berkeley, from August 7-11, 2017. Class will meet 1/14 and 1/16 all day for initial work, plus monthly three-hour seminar-style meetings throughout the Spring semester, plus additional practical design work during the summer. Readings in developmental theory, engaged pedagogy, children’s and family ministries, and evangelism, plus evaluation and critique of published VBS curricula, investigation of a variety of VBS models, and collaborative creation of a designed-from-scratch VBS for All Souls’ Parish. Evaluation: student participation in collaborative design work, in-class presentations, theology paper, analysis paper, and final reflection paper.
Course may be taken for 1.5 units by completing the January sessions, the Spring semester seminars, and all readings and papers; or for 3 units by completing all these requirements plus the summer work planning and leading the VBS.
PRE-REQUISITE: Safe Church Training Certification.