Neil introduces a topic (see "Elders, Learning and Doing Theology") that is of interest to me namely, theological and biblical literacy towards the purpose of “practical wisdom” on the part of not only elders but all adults within my church. As a recently installed administrative elder now assigned as a liaison to the education committee and as someone who has facilitated an adult education class on Calvin and Calvinism and organized a two-day event on the Dead Sea Scrolls, I am extremely sympathetic to your promotion of both the biblical and theological literacy of adults within the church. Education committee meetings have made clear to me that while Sunday School, GEMS, Cadets and youth group participants have been well-served by curricula focused on faith formation the same cannot be said for adult education. Post-profession of faith there are few opportunities for adults to grow in their biblical and theological understanding beyond that which they receive in sermons. This is ironic given the historical commitment on the part of the Christian Reformed Church membership to higher education.
I am interested in hearing from elders (and education committees!) on how they have implemented theological and biblical education for adults within their churches. What have you taught? How have you promoted it?