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What are the best ways to keep learning as an adult?

We seek to design Christian leadership training systems adhering to these guiding principles:

EXCELLENCE IN ADULT LEARNING | Transferable | Local Church | Accessible| Transformative | Collaborative | Accountable


One of Entrust’s guiding principles is excellence in adult learning.

Most adult learners have

  • multiple responsibilities and roles

  • life experiences that influence their perspective

  • anxiety about a new learning experience

Women reading on park bench

Consider Ruth. Ruth might be European or African, Middle Eastern or American. She loves Jesus and wants to grow in serving him. She’s registered for Entrust’s Facilitating Relational Learning module.


Adult learners have multiple responsibilities and roles

Ruth is a wife, mom and daughter who cares for her four kids and looks in on her elderly parents. She works part-time as a hospital aide and teaches Sunday School. When she can, she volunteers at a community garden.


What might Ruth learn from the upcoming training that applies to her many responsibilities?


Adult learners have life experiences that influence their perspective

Ruth struggled with reading in school. She feels she’s not a good student. An only child, she often feels insecure in relationships even though her marriage is strong, and she has several close friends.


How might Ruth’s life experience impact how she feels going into a small group training setting?


Adult learners may have anxiety about a new learning experience

Ruth is anxious about taking FRL. She’s fearful she won’t be able to keep up or perform as well as the other women.


How might Ruth’s fears be allayed?


Facilitated learning takes it all into account

Facilitated learning, using questions to guide the learning experience, fits adults well.


“Neuroscience has overwhelmingly demonstrated that people learn best when the brain engages with the content … Open questions … [are] designed to draw out the learners’ assumptions, values, experience, and awareness as it relates to the topic.” (Muriel and Duane Elmer)


Facilitators guide the group using significant, open questions. Learning activities draw upon the group’s life experiences and personalities. Participants apply what they’re learning during the training.


What might all of this mean for Ruth? What could it mean for you? 


Maybe you’d like to take FRL to find out!



Entrust trains leaders following Jesus’ example. Small group learning powered by transformative questions. Life-on-life discipleship. Hands-on practice with loving feedback.


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