Online Education and Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The effective principles of online education can benefit the church moving to online services. Dr. Kristen Ferguson extrapolates a solution called "The Community of Inquiry" to the church's current challenges.

Kristen Ferguson
Director of Online Education | Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Kristen Ferguson serves as the Director of Online Education and associate professor of educational leadership at Gateway Seminary. Her doctoral research at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary investigated evangelical faculty perceptions on online theological education. Her continued research focuses on online course design, blended learning, and online teaching best practices.

Teaching Young Parents

Teaching young parents is an exciting but challenging endeavor. Dr. Lum instructs bible teachers on how to approach teaching young parents.

Dr. Joni Lum serves as an adjunct professor of children's ministry at Gateway Seminary. She also currently serves as the Children's minister at Magnolia Church in Riverside, CA.

Teaching the Gospels, Part One: Finding Jesus in the Gospels

Many Christians approach the Gospels to find themselves. Dr. John Taylor reorients the conversation of reading the Gospels from a man-centered search to a Christ-seeking adventure.

John W. Taylor
Director, Academic Graduate Studies Program | Chair, Biblical Studies | Professor of New Testament
Dr. John Taylor serves as chair of biblical studies and professor of New Testament at Gateway Seminary. Dr. Taylor earned a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge with a research interest in Pauline Studies.

Pastoral Care in the Time of Coronavirus

Pastors and other ministry leaders expanded their strategies to care for members during the pandemic lockdown. Dr. Bradley commends these leaders for their flexibility, innovation, and commitment to pastoral care.

Mark Bradley
Director, Pacific Northwest Campus | Associate Professor of Leadership Formation
While serving as an associate professor of Leadership Formation, Dr. Mark Bradley is a Northwest native and first-generation Southern Baptist. He began his MDiv studies at the Pacific Northwest Campus the day after he was elected pastor of Beavercreek Baptist Church in Oregon, in 1981. He returned to Gateway as director of the PNWC in January 2010

Maximizing Prayer Time

Sometimes prayer during bible studies can consume almost all of the lesson time. Dr. Ferguson provides ways to create meaningful prayer while preserving ample time for the study of scripture.

Kristen Ferguson
Director of Online Education | Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Kristen Ferguson serves as the Director of Online Education and associate professor of educational leadership at Gateway Seminary. Her doctoral research at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary investigated evangelical faculty perceptions on online theological education. Her continued research focuses on online course design, blended learning, and online teaching best practices.

When Your Group Members are Hurting

Bible teachers will inevitably run into group members dealing with immense grief. Dr. Kelly gives suggestions on how to approach hurting members.

Paul G. Kelly
Chair, Educational Leadership | Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Paul Kelly began his service at Gateway Seminary in Fall 2009 as the chair and professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to Gateway, Kelly served as vice president of ministry resources at Student Life Publishing, editor-in-chief of discipleship resources in Student Ministry Publishing at LifeWay Christian Resources, as well as a youth specialist in Discipleship at LifeWay.

How to Get the Most out of Biblical Characters

Many bible teachers use lessons about our favorite biblical characters in unhelpful ways. Dr. Ferguson lists five principles that teachers can apply to get the most out of studying people in scripture.

Kristen Ferguson
Director of Online Education | Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Kristen Ferguson serves as the Director of Online Education and associate professor of educational leadership at Gateway Seminary. Her doctoral research at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary investigated evangelical faculty perceptions on online theological education. Her continued research focuses on online course design, blended learning, and online teaching best practices.

Teaching Within the Context of the Unknown

Acquisition of new information causes a state of 'cognitive disequilibrium' - a mental discomfort felt when adjusting to new knowledge unaccustomed to how we think. Dr. Dwayne Ulmer applies this concept to bible teaching that promotes growth for Christian learners.

Dwayne Ulmer
Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Dwayne Ulmer is professor of educational leadership at Gateway Seminary. Prior to his faculty appointment at Gateway, his academic career involved a part-time Christian Education and Leadership professorship at SBTS and becoming the assistant professor of leadership at Dallas Baptist University shortly after.

Other Activities For Adult Learners

Varied structures for teaching can reap benefits for adult learners. Dr. Ferguson suggests going beyond the traditional sermon structure and incorporating creative teaching methods.

Kristen Ferguson
Director of Online Education | Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Kristen Ferguson serves as the Director of Online Education and associate professor of educational leadership at Gateway Seminary. Her doctoral research at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary investigated evangelical faculty perceptions on online theological education. Her continued research focuses on online course design, blended learning, and online teaching best practices.

Growing as a Bible Teacher

A bible teacher must continually grow in making scripture clear for others. Dr. Kelly provides ways to develop as a teacher of God's Word.

Paul G. Kelly
Chair, Educational Leadership | Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Paul Kelly began his service at Gateway Seminary in Fall 2009 as the chair and professor of Educational Leadership. Prior to Gateway, Kelly served as vice president of ministry resources at Student Life Publishing, editor-in-chief of discipleship resources in Student Ministry Publishing at LifeWay Christian Resources, as well as a youth specialist in Discipleship at LifeWay.