DTS values contextualized effective communication of biblical and theological truth by a variety of means for personal and corporate transformation.
This goal involved the various aspects of my teaching and speaking. Specifically, I wanted to practice teaching adults in a variety of venues.
- Teaching an intro-level apologetics class at church.
- Attending and presenting at the CrossExamined Instructors Academy (CIA).
- Watch the TED Talk on Atheism 2.0
- Research the Problem of Evil (POE)
- Review notes from Foundations in Apologetics course, as well as the Accessible Apologetics curriculum.
- Read I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Frank Turek.
- Read Tactics by Greg Koukl.
- Attend the CIA.
- Notes from the God and Evil class.
- I will give my Secondary Mentor my PowerPoint and notes to review and give feedback.
- I’ll give a presentation at the CIA and get feedback from my instructors.
- I will write an article responding to Alain de Botton.
- Develop a Probe radio program on the POE.
Overall Reflection Statement:
For my communication competence, I am submitting PowerPoints, notes, and transcripts I used in the presentations, the feedback I got from the presentations, the article, and the radio program, all of which demonstrate professional growth in the areas of teaching and speaking. The presentations demonstrate a representation of well-articulated messages. I also learned to teach responsibly, creatively, practically, and theologically!
Below is a picture and the notes from my presentation (borrowed from my friend Dr. Mikel Del Rosario) I gave to the women’s small-group leaders at Dallas Bible Church.
Below is a picture of the certificate I earned at the CIA, one of the PowerPoints I used, and one of the manuscripts I used for a presentation at the CIA.
Learning Reflection Statement:
As I developed and demonstrated communication, I learned how to approach different types of presentations and how to use notes without losing the audience. Learning timing, I fine-tuned my talks down to what I knew I could fit within the given time and what main points I wanted to cover. One of my talks covered too much in too little time. So if I were to do it again, I would focus on depth instead of breadth. My other talk was timed well so I had enough time, in the end, to take questions and interact with the audience to make it more engaging and memorable.
Lifelong Development Statement:
As a result of the experiences documented by these artifacts, I will continue to develop in communication by trying to do more training (like the CIA again, or Advanced CIA, or working with Krish Dhanam) and seeking more speaking engagements. Furthermore, I need to develop my presentation “texture” (as Jorge Gil called it at the CIA) and add a little more animation and flare to my soothing and somewhat monotone style. I also need to learn the balance between memorizing and relying heavily on notes. I’d like to have it internalized and not memorized, so I can sound more natural and use my notes less. Teaching and speaking is hard work, and worth all the stress, but I would like to not get so stressed leading up to the presentation.