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May 17, 2010

A Little Help with Learning Styles

What do you know about learning styles, and what would you like to know?

I'm going to have the pleasure of attending the upcoming Community U conference this Friday and Saturday at Parkway Apostolic Church in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. This will be one of a series of conferences put on by Saddleback Church this year, and you can click here to learn more about them.

What I'm most excited about, however, is that I get a chance to lead one of the conference breakout sessions this year! I've been wanting to do this for a while, and I'm super excited to have the opportunity.

But I need your help. Yes, yours. I am going to be leading a discussion on the topic of Learning Styles, and I'd like to get some opinions from our readers to help me polish up the session. Specifically, I'd like to know two things:

1. What do you already know/believe concerning the application of learning styles in a small-group environment? Are you familiar with the different learning styles present within your group members? Have you found it easy or difficult to adapt learning experiences to connect with different learning styles? Do you think worrying about learning styles within a small group is completely unnecessary? Things like that.

2. What do you wish you knew about learning styles? What are some areas that are unclear to you? Are there any questions that you would really like answered pertaining to learning styles? Or have you come across specific situations where you could use some practical tips and/or advice?

Any help you can give me with be...well, helpful. So thanks in advance!

And by the way: I believe the registration period for the Parkside conference has expired. But if you're in the Milwaukee area and want to stop by, you might want to contact Saddleback and ask really, really nicely if they'll let you sign up.

posted by Sam O'Neal on May 17, 2010 11:59 PM

Related Tags: Christian Education, Learning styles


Hi Sam,
I got a lot of help from Cynthia Ulrich Tobias' book 'The way they Learn'. Especially the three primary ways mankind gathers information. After reading the book I searched the Scriptures as is my wont and discovered two verses that actually mention the Visual, the Auditary and the Tactile. Luke 11:9 Jesus says, ask, seek and knock, and in 1John 1:1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 #1 Jn 1:1#. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
This means that the natural ways we learn are also applicable to the spirit realm. I have a teaching on this that you are welcome to access if you so desire.
Jesus said my sheep hear, recognise and understand my voice.
Jesus constantly told stories:- stories involve people hearing, picturing and sensing what is happening in the story.
Jesus constantly told parables:- Parables make people work for the explanations. That way we don't tell them everything but help them remember by making them think about what we have said.
Jesus made up stories to suit His needs to communicate the truth to the people he met.
Love your thoughts mate, may you have a great time at the conference and may your session be the most remembered and fruitful that people can remember!
Awesome God, dependant people! #We have this treasure in earthen vessels - Christ in us the hope of glory.#
Magpie, Victoria, Australia.

Those are great points, Rob. I am not familiar with that book, but I will check it out.

And thanks for the good words!



Truly enjoyed meeting you at the conference and hearing about your ministry. And, by the way, I heard that your session was excellent!


It was good to meet you as well, David! It seems like some very cool things are happening at Parkside, and I had a great time getting to know several of you. Hopefully I can come back before too long. :)

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