Conflicting World Views

Principals and their faculties are invited to join Professor Steven Thiesfeldt for a seven-lesson study based on today’s unbiblical worldviews and their impact on Lutheran students, schools, and teachers. How do Lutherans teach unchanging truths in a changing world? The topic is excellent for use as an inservice program or an ongoing Bible study to promote both spiritual and professional growth among teachers at all levels of education. The online study will incorporate interactive and multimedia experiences.

Prof. Thiesfeldt uses Scripture passages and real-life examples to review the confessional Lutheran worldview before delving into the subtle worldviews of secularism. A listing of the individual lesson topics follows.

• Lesson 1: What Worldviews Are and Why Christians Should Understand Them
• Lesson 2: The Christian (Confessional Lutheran) Worldview
• Lesson 3: Modernism
• Lesson 4: Postmodernism
• Lesson 5: Spiritualism (Pantheism)
• Lesson 6: Spiritualism (Paganism)
• Lesson 7: Cautions and Encouragements

Included in this inservice is the book What in the World Is Going On? Identifying Hollow and Deceptive Worldviews by Rev. David C. Thompson (Northwestern Publishing House, 2010). This guide for Christian teachers, parents, schools, and churches identifies how Christian faith fits into today’s culture and explains how non-Christian worldviews may be influencing your beliefs (and those of your students) without you even realizing it. This book explains how other beliefs may creep into our lives through the media, college professors, and even popular books for children and teens. Each registered faculty member receives a copy of the book What in the World Is Going On?

School leaders who use this program for professional development inservices have a number of options for implementation.
• Guided discussion by Professor Steven Thiesfeldt or an onsite appointed group leader such as the pastor or principal
• Discussion activities with the faculty, with Prof. Thiesfeldt, or with other schools
• Both multimedia and print resources

Depending on the time available and the options chosen, each lesson can be completed in 30-60 minutes.