What Does This Mean—The Connection Between Debriefing and Spiritual Growth
In this thesis, the author will make the case that debriefing is a powerful tool for spiritual growth. Debriefing is a process that allows concrete experiences to be turned into abstract information that can be used in other concrete experiences. This paper explores the prevalent educational theory behind debriefing and suggests that it is a method available to the pastor and adaptable into a Biblical model. The paper investigates the theories of multiple intelligences, constructivism, praxis, educator disinvolvement, and the distinction between soft and hard thinking. This paper suggests that, although apparent inconsistencies exist between these educational theories and Biblical doctrine, they can be remedied. This paper will also describe spiritual growth and the means through which it is brought about. This paper proposes a debriefing model which utilizes current educational theory and orthodox Biblical teaching to develop spiritual growth in the individual through a facilitator. Finally, the paper will recommend further areas of study within the realm of experiential education that may be applicable to the pastoral ministry.