Today we held our last class for BEC Advanced Training 2009 with a lesson on the Christmas liturgy. We started holding classes on the Scriptures, Liturgy and Theology in order to help our cell leaders prepare for their weekly task. Since February of this year we’ve had sessions on the study of Scriptures, biblical theology, the encyclicals of Benedict XVI and other subjects that our cell leaders need.
At the moment, our cell leaders serve about ten cell groups and bible study groups distributed in six sections of our parish. Training is shared. Our more advanced cell leaders teach the others according to a schedule that I prepare and present to them before a new cycle of studies begin. Our classes are mostly like seminar where lectures are followed by workshop exercises.
Cell groups are places where the members are gradually “awakened” to take on different ministries within the Church. Part of the training of our cell leaders is to help them become animators in their groups. Thus, classes would include activities wherein the members are asked to prepare liturgies with particular themes based on the biblical readings read and studied.
Familiarity with the Scriptures, especially with the Gospels is the main aim of our trainings. We’ve had sessions where the only thing done is to read a bible book continuously. Along the way pointers for understanding particular sections are given, whether cultural, historical or literary, to help the reader understand. Exercises in making sentence flows and outlining passages help our students get a more exact understanding of a particular text.
Next year, I will introduce levels in our BEC Advanced Training so that those who have been with us from February 2009 may continue their training on a different level. Besides, there are already a number of new graduates from our BEC Basic Training that need to continue on a not-too advanced level.
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