Spanish Adult Bible Study materials contextualized for Spanish congregations; Rafael Barahona inicia ciclo como editor de EBA

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Rafael BarahonaNews release

September 21, 2016

Rafael Barahona begins as EBA editor
Spanish Adult Bible Study materials contextualized for Spanish congregations

HARRISONBURG, Va., and KITCHENER, Ont.—Rafael Barahona will serve as the editor of Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA) beginning with this winter’s quarter.

As editor, Barahona will contextualize Adult Bible Study (ABS), the adult Sunday school curriculum from MennoMedia, to make it more relevant for Spanish-speaking congregations.

Barahona has been involved with EBA since its beginning, when he helped to introduce it to Spanish-speaking pastors through his work with Mennonite Education Agency. He worked to promote it in other venues as well, as he worked with leaders throughout Mennonite Church USA.

“My prayer and desire has been to find a bilingual editor for EBA, someone who could help us contextualize ABS for our Spanish-speaking sisters and brothers,” said ABS editor Sharon Williams. “Rafael will help us move the Bible study curriculum to a new level of relevancy, connecting our Anabaptist theology to contemporary Hispanic ministry and mission.”

ABS is written by pastors, educators, and Bible teachers from across Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Ruhama Pedroza, a Mennonite leader in Mexico, translates ABS into Spanish. Peter Rempel Enns, a Mennonite mission worker in Mexico, distributes EBA to Mexican Mennonite congregations. Barahona will work with this translation to make it suitable for Spanish-speaking congregations in the United States and Canada.

EBA student and teacher’s guides are available as a downloadable curriculum for $17.15 per quarter. To request a free PDF sample in Spanish, call Lucia Martinez at 570-574-3934. To order, visit www.mennomedia.org or contact customer service at 1-800-245-7894.

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Rafael Barahona inicia ciclo como editor de EBA

Los materiales de la serie Estudios Bíblicos Para Adultos será contextualizado para el contexto de las iglesias hispanas

HARRISONBURG, Va., y KITCHENER, Ont. —Rafael Barahona será el editor de la serie Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA) iniciando el próximo trimestre de invierno.

Como editor, Barahona contextualizará la versión en inglés de Adult Bible Study (ABS), el programa de escuela dominical para adultos de MennoMedia, para hacerlo más relevante a los congregantes hispanos.

Basic CMYKBarahona ha estado involucrado con EBA desde su creación, cuando lo presentó a pastores hispanos cuando laboraba en la Agencia Menonita de Educación. También se esforzó para promoverlo en otros canales mientras trabajaba con líderes en la Iglesia Menonita de EEUU.

“Ha sido mi oración y deseo que pudiera encontrar un editor bilingüe para EBA, alguien que pudiera contextualizar ABS para nuestros hermanos y hermanas hispanohablantes,” dijo Sharon Williams, editora de ABS. “Rafael nos ayudará a potenciar el programa de estudios bíblicos y llevarlo a otro nivel de relevancia para conectar nuestra teología anabautista con la misión y ministerios hispanos contemporáneos”.

ABS fue escrita por pastores, educadores, y profesores de Biblia de la Iglesia Menonita de EEUU. y de la Iglesia Menonita de Canadá. Ruhama Pedroza, una líder de México, traduce ABS al castellano. Peter Rempel Enns, un misionero menonita en México, distribuye EBA a las iglesias menonitas mexicanas. Barahona usará la versión traducida para contextualizarla para las iglesias hispanohablantes de Estados Unidos y Canadá.

Las guías de estudio para instructores y alumnos están disponibles para su descarga por $17.15/trimestre.  Si desea solicitar una muestra en PDF en español, llame a Lucía Martínez al 570-574-3934. Para hacer su pedido visite www.mennomedia.org o llame a nuestra línea de servicio al cliente al 1-800-245-7894.

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It Takes a Team – by Sharon K. Williams

October 3, 2014

Writing and publishing Adult Bible Study (ABS) is truly a team effort. As the editor, I get to be the coach. It takes at least 25* people to produce one year’s course of Bible studies!

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Twelve writers for four student guides, four teachers guides, and 52 online articles are matched with writing assignments from the Committee on Uniform Series outlines. We have several criteria in mind. We match Scripture texts and themes with writers’ interest and expertise. We’re looking for writers with theological training (student guide), educators who understand curriculum development (teachers guide), and church leaders who are keen to interpreting Scripture in light of current events in the church and in the world (ABSOnline). We are also committed to maintain a balance of writers from Canada and the United States, people of color and white people, and women and men.

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When the manuscripts are written, the rest of the team goes to work. We have a wonderful partnership with Mennonite translators in Mexico who prepare Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos (EBA), our Spanish translation of ABS. Our copy editors, designers, and proofreader prepare the manuscripts and proofs for publication. Other editors provide support for me, and the marketing and shipping folks make sure your church receives its orders.

Currently, MennoMedia is contracting writers for the 2016–17 and 2017–18 Bible studies. Student guides for 2016–17 are being written, as are teachers’ guides for 2015–16. EBA translation is in process for spring 2015. A free ABS Online article relating each Bible study to current events and occasional ABS Reproducible teaching aids are posted ten days ahead of the time. MennoMedia’s Rejoice! devotional magazine uses some of the Home Daily Bible Readings related to each week’s study.

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Creating ABS is a labor of love. When I first started as editor, managing all the deadlines for each step in the publishing process used to make me dizzy!  Our team works hard to write, edit, design, and distribute 13 Bible studies on top of whatever else Jesus calls us to do. It’s no small task, but it is a joy to see what God is doing through us.

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—Sharon K. Williams
Editor, Adult Bible Study and Estudios Bíblicos para Adultos
abseditor@mennomedia.org

*We wish we had time to construct a neater/graphically pleasing collage of all these writers, but we plead “it is no small task” and other jobs are pressing. Some writers/editors are also missing from this post, due to the blogging format not accepting certain formats of photos. We are so very grateful to all of them, for the marvelous work they do and the part they play on the team. — blog editor Melodie Davis 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Are You Thinking? – by Mary Ann Weber

What are you thinking? It’s my job as an editor to find out. Or, at least it is as long as your thoughts are about resources produced by MennoMedia.

That’s why I spent time earlier this summer exploring how to develop surveys. What makes a good survey? How can I convince people to complete a survey? How can I write a survey to get the information I need?

I discovered that it’s good to offer an incentive to complete a survey. For example, we frequently include a discount code that can be used toward a future MennoMedia purchase at our store. I learned that it’s helpful to let people know about how much time they may spend taking a survey. No one who has two minutes of free time wants to get trapped in a survey that takes five minutes or more to complete. And I gathered that it’s good to include a no-answer option for those who want to take the survey but don’t want to respond to a specific question.

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With my new found knowledge, I put together a number of surveys related to projects I’m working on. Are churches interested in an intergenerational worship resource? How do pastors and other church leaders find resources for their ministries? What would be a good title for an upcoming Bible study guide? Which cover option will make people want to purchase a book? Why does your church offer vacation Bible school? As you can tell, survey topic possibilities are endless.

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The information I receive is used to shape current and future projects. It turns out that half of the people to whom I sent the survey about intergenerational worship resources, responded. That might sound like a small percentage in general, but in the world of surveys, a 50% response shows tremendous support. Those results spurred me to begun preliminary steps to create a worship resource that all generations can use together.

We can track how many times the offered discount codes are used. Surprisingly, they are not redeemed very frequently. Maybe it’s the idea of receiving something, instead of actually receiving something that motivates people to complete surveys. Or, maybe people just understand that if they want their voices and opinions heard, they need to take a few minutes and tell us what they are thinking. Surveys also help us involve a wider spectrum of the church and the public in developing or fine-tuning the projects and products we produce. They give us some hard data to go on, instead of guesses.

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If you ever receive a survey link from a MennoMedia staff member, we’d appreciate if you take a few minutes to work through it. Your willingness to do so means that we can continue to create and offer relevant products that meet real needs. Thank you!

If you would be willing to give occasional feedback by means of surveys, please indicate your interest by leaving a comment below. We will then be able to have your email address as well as your area of interest. Here are some key areas in which we solicit feedback:

  • Trade books
  • Book content, titles, and covers
  • Curriculum materials
  • Websites
  • Periodicals

Thanks again for any help you are able to offer!

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