Using the Module System
The Eastern Diocese’s Building Up the Body of Christ is the vision to promote Christian spiritual growth, strengthen faith communities, and embody Christ’s love in the church. It’s a vision that rests on five pillars: (1) advancing unity of faith in Christ, (2) focusing on the Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion, (3) equipping the faithful for the work of ministry, (4) connecting to God, the church, and each other in Truth and Love, and (5) renewing the attitude of our minds.
The Module System is part of the first pillar (Unity of Faith: Knowledge of the Son of God) and its method of presentation involves a web-based system of educational “modules,” each keyed to a specific topic.
What is the Module System? A module is a group of resources focusing on a single topic. The modules utilize text, audio, video, and interactive media to instruct users in the teachings of the Armenian Church.
A given module will include a diverse array of materials that can be used in classroom and home/personal education, in parish-group gatherings, and in the setting of liturgical services (in the sanctuary and elsewhere). Examples of such resources would be discussion guides, retreat materials, videos, podcasts, prayer services, and the like.
Where Do the Resources Originate? In gathering the materials to include in the module system, we have drawn upon three main sources: (1) existing materials produced in the past by the Diocesan educational departments; (2) the individual ministerial efforts of pastors and laymen across the Eastern Diocese; (3) newly-commissioned materials created expressly for the present purposes by Diocesan Ministries Staff and other Diocesan Christian Educators.
Who Can Use the Modules? The modules are organized to engage distinct demographics and sub-groups within our church: including toddlers, grandparents, students of various levels—and everyone in between, as well as ministry groups such as deacons, teachers, choir members and more!
This module system places special emphasis on the experience of Christian life in the centuries-old Armenian tradition, with a focus on the Divine Liturgy and Holy Communion, the Christ-centered home, and a parish culture of mutual support, inclusion, and engagement with the world. It is underpinned by a desire to affirm the Armenian Church as a guiding example of Christian love and compassion in times of personal and societal crisis.
As such, it is very much a work in progress. The pilot module, titled “Christ as Healer,” is launched in the summer of 2020, with current plans calling for additional modules to be instated, each focusing on a new topic centered on the meaning and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Feedback from users—including topics to feature, ideas for improvements, and thoughts about the project in general—are most welcome, and can be directed here: firstname.lastname@example.org.