Brain-Based Worship

Remembering the Mind-Body Connection

by Paula Champion-Jones & With Leonard Sweet



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/7/2014

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781490851716
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781490851709
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781490851693

About the Book

A new understanding of learning based on the findings of neuroscience can propel the teaching ministry of the Church to new levels of effectiveness. Neuroscience is offering fresh insight into how humans learn. The resulting teaching paradigm––brain-based learning––is plotting a fresh model for teaching that is proving to make teaching more memorable, more applicable, and more likely to result in changed thought and behavior. It is also refusing to relegate learning to the brain as it re-enlists the human body as an instrument of learning.

Entrusted with the teaching ministry of Jesus, no one needs to employ brain-based teaching methodology more than those who teach Christ crucified, yet in the course of our prime teaching time, the worship service, we often violate every guideline. This book is written to educate and empower those who plan worship to understand and use brain-based teaching strategies.

“Paula Champion-Jones is a triple threat. She has been designing creative worship services for years, she has an enormous heart to see God’s church succeed, and now she has the neuroscience to back up how she’s invested her own creative gifts. You cannot go wrong by reading this book. It will open your eyes, give you new ideas, make you rethink stuff that needs short, it will teach the most experienced pastors and the most jaded churchgoers to see worship planning in an inspiring new way. I can’t wait to assign it to students in my worship class!”  
—Laura K. Simmons, Professor of Christian Ministries, George Fox Seminary

About the Author

Having begun her career as an educator, Paula Champion-Jones is well versed in educational theory. Having spent a lifetime in church, she know how poorly prepared the average minister is to teach and is aware of the dismal results of the teaching methods most often employed. As a United Methodist pastor, she has effectively employed brain-based learning methods in three churches. While working on a DMin degree at George Fox Seminary, she thoroughly researched the subject under the mentorship of Leonard Sweet. Paula Champion-Jones began her career as an elementary teacher. While taking time off to raise children, she became involved in her church’s education ministry, eventually pursuing a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies through New Orleans Baptist Seminary. Upon graduation in 1993, she was the recipient of the American Bible Society Award for Scholarly Achievement in Biblical Studies. In 2000, she responded to the call to pastor and returned to school for a second MDiv in Methodist Studies from Memphis Theological Seminary. Since 2002, she has served as a pastor in the United Methodist Church. During this time, she has focused on creative worship. In May of 2014 she completed her DMin at George Fox Seminary where she was presented with The Distinguished Dissertation Award. Her passion is making God more accessible to others during worship. Paula lives with her husband of 42 years, Joseph Jones, in Hoover, Alabama. They have three adult daughters and three grandchildren. She is an avid reader, an amateur artist, and an enthusiastic flower gardener and storyteller.