PHILOSOPHY OF LEARNING
At the outset it is important to distinguish from a Bible School or Institute and a LEARNING COMMUNITY.
A Learning Community may well be structured around a set of modules relating to various topics just as in a Bible Institute programme. The distinctive of the Learning Community is to be found in the idea of Outcomes.
A Bible Institute will usually have some kind of diploma or certificate of competency which gives the student an identity of having accomplished a set course of study.
The outcome of a learning community is to engage in a process whereby "knowledge" becomes "known". We use the word Known in the Biblical sense of a man and wife who know each other intimacy.
As result of that the whole process of "knowing" become much deeper and more intimate.
We use a Hebraic Hermeneutic often referred to as PARDES. Pardes is the Hebrew word for ORCHARD.
Pardes is an acronym for:
PESHAT (פְּשָׁט) - THE LITERAL MEANING OF THE TEXT
REMEZ (רֶמֶז) - THE SYMBOLIC, TYPOLOGICAL AND ALLEGORICAL MEANING OF THE TEXT
DERASH (דְּרַשׁ) - SEEKING DEEPER MEANINGS AND ASSOCIATIONS
SOD(סוֹד) - THE MYSTERY OF THE INSPIRED TEXT SPEAKING TO EACH GENERATION OR PERSON
We use a teaching method referred to as PERSONALISED SCALABILITY which means that the content as outlined in the modules is able to be shared and thus understood by those with varying levels of Biblical literacy and background.
Each of the modules breaks down into sessions.
Each Session has a series Learning Points.
The vision is that before a member of the learning community moves onto the next module they would be comfortable with their understanding of the Learning Points.
The Agora Gathering which is group sessions either by video or in person at set venues. The main venues as of 2021/22 will be London, Leskovac and Osijek.
The Peripatetic which involves small groups being together in nature, walking and sitting and wrestling through the issues of Theology.
One could say that this is heart beat of the Grafted Olive Branch learning communities.
The group breaks down into Learning Partnerships whereby two or three persons sit or walk together to discuss the Learning Points.
The Group At Dinner which is simply gatherings where we eat and worship together and share from the Word. This is a forum where the Learning Points are discussed with a question and answer modality.
There will also be the added dimension of One2One which will be in person and by email.
The first module was tested with a group of 50 Roma students for five sessions. The style of presentation was developed and then agreed upon as being effective in a Roma setting.
The whole course will be made available on video subtitled from English into Arli and Serbian.
A similar presentation will be made available in English and Bayash.