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Web of Theology

posted by Scot McKnight

Here is a post from Jeremy Berg about Dan Kent’s new program that is a self-assessment tool for Theology. I could see Depts of Theology dipping into the school budget to finance students taking the test and then using it as an assessment tool. (It costs five dollars.) Take it and tell us what you think!

The Web of Theology (WOT) is a one-of-a-kind theological self-assessment tool that is a must for every thoughtful Christian, and over time should become widely used by churches and Christian colleges and seminaries.

WOT architect Dan Kent has provided us with the theological equivalent of the StrengthFinders, Myers-Briggs and DISC assessments.  It’s time we take inventory of not only our spiritual gifts, personal strengths and personality  traits — but also the foundational theological beliefs that shape our deepest Christian convictions and practice.

What is The Web of Theology?



The Web of Theology is an assessment
tool that provides users with a robust analysis of their theological
worldview. After answering about 60 questions the Web of Theology
automatically constructs an in-depth profile of each user’s theology, filled
with charts, pictures, and intriguing insight.

No belief exists in
isolation. We often believe things because of 
other things we believe. For instance,
what we think about the nature of Jesus is often dictated by what we think
human nature is. Our beliefs are interrelated in unique and complicated
ways. The Web of Theology can:

(1) Expose the logical and symbiotic
relationship between our many beliefs.

(2) Greatly increase our
self-awareness (like a theological GPS)

(3) Help us understand why others
disagree with us.

(4) Personalize and simplify the
complicated, abstract and intangible concepts of theology.

(5) Expose how our FAMILY may
influence our beliefs.

(6) Expose how our VALUES may
influence our beliefs.

(7) Expose our theological
strengths and weaknesses.

And MUCH more!

THE WOT FOR COLLEGES

The Web of Theology was originally
designed for use in an academic setting.  Students who take the WOT will
gain a deeper self-awareness and an increased tolerance for differing
perspectives, all while engaging modern technology. Plus, the WOT can be
customized so that students are given results-based assignments, custom
tailored for each students idiosyncratic perspective.  Clearly, for the
student, the WOT is a perfect foundation for learning.

As useful as the WOT is for the
student, the metadata from the WOT is powerful for the institution.  The
customizable WOT data can:

(1) Be leveraged during the accreditation
process with customized metrics.

(2) Be tailored to support various
fund-raising initiatives.

(3) Be employed to measure and assess
course leadership quality

(4) Be used to track quality control,
strategic initiative, and mission effectiveness over time.

THE WOT FOR CHURCHES

The Web of Theology is a GREAT way to
attain valuable data about the health and status of your congregation and/or
staff.  The great thing about the WOT for churches is that everybody gets
something out of it.  Each participant gets their own in-depth theological
analysis and the church leaders get powerful metadata, giving them the
visibility to more effectively lead.

Start with the leadership team. 
Have each leader take the WOT and compare profiles.  You will be surprised
at what you find.

After the leadership team, you will
want to assess the congregation.  Three things about this:

(1) The WOT assessment can be
customized to obtain the specific data you need to leverage your church’s
specific objectives.  Speak with a WOT team member about customization.

(2) Gather the WOT data before planning your sermons for the
year.  The tool can help expose immediate needs that the congregation may
have.  The tool can show where the congregation is lacking in
understanding.

(3) Use the WOT for justification of
your objectives.  The WOT team can help your leadership team create the
data and metrics you need to support your mission.  We can even do
comparables to show the before-and-after data to measure the impact and significance
of a specific campaign.  Contact the WOT Team for more information.

Don’t wait!  Get your WOT
assessment HERE

!

 



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Divers and Sundry

posted January 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm


I watched their intro video and clicked to take the test, but it costs $5 to sign in? No, thanks.



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angusj

posted January 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm


I did the test and overall found it worthwhile.
However, my report said I have an Arminian view of God, yet in the “nano-theology” section of the report it indicated that I affirmed the following: Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Preservation of Saints! Either I’m confused or the report is. :)



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Matt S.

posted January 31, 2010 at 7:40 pm


I took the test just now and while it would be a though provoking tool that would inspire many good conversations among friends or associates, I can’t say it’s really accurate. There seemed to be way to many questions where the only answers where polarized within particular theological, social, or cultural contexts.
Certainly not a “third way” perspective reflected in the questions. This yielded for me some perplexing results. Apparently I’m an open theist who believes in unconditional election but is a zero point calvinist. Oh and I think humans have a lot of moral potential but can do nothing at all to ensure or participate in their salvation (which seems to mean acquire their ticket to heaven for the question authors)
None of that reflects my beliefs at all, just some mixed up conclusions based on polarizing questions.
So, is it worth the $5? If you have $5 to spare, yes! It’s thought provoking and if shared within a group would inspire great conversations not just about the results but the questions themselves.



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Travis Greene

posted February 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm


“THE WOT FOR CHURCHES
The Web of Theology is a GREAT way to attain valuable data about the health and status of your congregation and/or staff. ”
That’s a bit ominous-sounding for me. I’m sure it’s useful overall, but it seems like it could be used for theological witch-hunts.



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