For context see yesterday’s post. I am still reading and processing through some of Neil Cole’s thoughts on teaching, particularly on Cole’s four pieces of teaching: message, communication, application, and re-communication.
The last “25%” of teaching – seeing the original listener/student not only apply the message but also teach it to others – is challenging. Despite not always knowing how to make this happen, I buy in to Cole’s thesis, particularly after reading his rationale for this approach. In his second post on the topic (linked above), he says that in this method:
- The people learn the truth on a far deeper level.
- The people understand the truth, not just remember it.
- The people are held to greater accountability to practice the truth they learned.
- The people own the message, not just know it.
- The people spread the core message to others, who in turn learn to own it and spread it themselves and the kingdom multiplies into a movement.
If you find your content important, you should invest the time, creativity, and energy needed to ensure that your listeners/students become teachers.
I am open to ideas that can actually make this happen. What do you think?