My friend Sue Murphy introduced me to the idea of the “flipped classroom.” In short, rather than spending all the time in class lecturing, and all the time out of class trying to do homework based on the lectures, why not record the lecture for the students to watch at home and then use the class time for working problems? This is fabulous for math, for example. Hope struggled often with not being able to take notes on math lecture, and then struggling together with me trying to solve problems based on recipe more than understanding.
Ever since I read Sue’s posts, I’ve been trying to understand how church could be flipped.
There are many parts of what we do that are experiential rather than content delivery. That I understand (see When I say church). In a couple weeks, a team is heading to help repair tornado damage. On Sunday, we’ll spend time singing together. After our large gatherings people spend 30 minutes in the hallway talking. All of those are part of “church” and are not primarily content delivery.
However, we do spend time teaching and training and explaining. I’m wondering whether any of that could be accomplished more effectively by recording the presentation for viewing away from the building, and using our time together for discussing and questioning and practicing?
One way we are doing this now is discussing the sermon in our small group. We listen on Sunday morning (or by podcast). I send out study questions during the week. We meet Saturday evening for supper and ninety minutes of discussion growing out of the thirty minute sermon.
But I need your help. How could I do more with this idea? What content could be presented recorded and then discussed face-to-face? How much of church can be flipped?