An important part of making the church a place for learning is cultivating an environment that is open to educational opportunities and wants to address cultural issues. Yet how can we create this openness in the church? Here are a few ideas:
- Listen: Ask church members what they want to learn and know – be open to every person’s question. Use their ideas as a starting place for educational opportunities.
- Use the knowledge of church members: Most churches are filled with people who have knowledge in all kinds of fields – allow members to speak up and share what they know with others in the church.
- Invite: Bring in educators, activists, and scholars into the church’s space to share their knowledge about important issues going on right now. By inviting others in, the church would show their openness to conversation.
- Create an investment: If you are a leader of a church community, talk with church members and create a feeling of openness to learning in the church.
- Be brave and patient: Asking questions and learning together in community isn’t always the smoothest process, but it is beneficial! As the community begins to address the church’s questions, work together to be patient with each other. Learning takes time, so patience is necessary.