Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Dr. Laura Simmons
Historically, it has been believed that Christian formation occurs primarily in the context of worship. Because both traditional and contemporary worship services are routinely structured around the skills of persuasive rhetoric and logic, most worship services effectively ignore the impact of experiential, embodied knowledge. Recent research in neuroscience has proven that humans are sensory-motor-emotional-thinking beings who learn best when body, brain, and emotions are simultaneously engaged. A fresh paradigm for teaching, brain-based leaning, is proving to result in learning that is more memorable, more likely to result in long-term change in the behavior of the learner, and more likely to spur the learner to investigate the subject further. The Church needs to employ brain-based teaching methods in order to more effectively transmit the Gospel. This dissertation will concentrate on the use of such methods during worship services. Section 1 describes the discipling crisis the Church is presently facing. Section 2 describes discipling methods that have been and are currently being used. Section 3 describes and proposes the use of brain-based teaching methods as a more formative approach. Section 4 describes the artifact, a non-fiction book written to inform those who plan worship about the theory, use, and benefits of brain-based teaching, It describes how the methods can be employed throughout the worship service. Section 5 consists of the book proposal. Section 6 is the postscript. Section 7 is the artifact itself.
Champion-Jones, Paula, "Brain-Based Worship: Re-membering the Mind-Body Connection" (2014). Doctor of Ministry. 72.