Self-Directed Learning

Welcome to Self-Directed Learning for Adults

Self-directed learning gives participants control of their own learning outcomes. It is flexible and engaging and invites them to train whenever it is convenient as well as allowing them to complete the training at their own pace.

It is also known as self-concept or self-initiated learning, it is one of the Six Principles of Androgogy (adult learning), by Malcolm Knowles.

  1. Need to Know: Adults need to know the reason they are being asked to learn.
  2. Experience: Adult learners come with experience and should provide the basis for much of the learning activities.
  3. Self-Concept: Adults have a need to be responsible for their learning decisions. They thrive on self-direction.
  4. Readiness: Adults learn best when the training can help them solve an immediate, real-life problem.
  5. Problem Orientation: Adults learn best when content is problem oriented.  They want to learn specific knowledge, skills and/or abilities that solve a problem rather than some generic content.
  6. Intrinsic Motivation: Adults learn best when the motivation come internally rather externally.


Ministry Pillars

The Unity Ministry Pillars are a tool to help our Unity leaders create congruence across everything they do in a ministry, as well as congruence across all the ministries in our movement. The intention of the Pillars is to increase the engagement, focus, comprehension, participation, and spiritual growth of our congregants and members, with our message and direction.

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Topics Include:

  • The Fillmores
  • Integral Ministry
  • Experiential Growth
  • I.D.E.A: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility
  • Evolutionary Thinking/Being


Serving on Your Church Board

The "offer" from a spiritual community to serve on the board is most likely the part where someone is recommended to serve or shows an interest. There are requirements to board service that are set out in bylaws of the organization. There must be a time allowed where one has the option to accept or decline. ~ Rev. Charline Manuel

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By the end of the training learners will be able to:

  • Summarize the elements of board service
  • Identify the commitments that will be asked of you as a board member
  • Access three must-read documents before you say yes
  • Determine your personal Why


Using Multiple Intelligence to Engage Learners

This self-directed training shares information about using multiple intelligence to engage learners in a way that taps into the unique strengths and learning preferences of each individual. Also included are activites for each intelligence that can be used in a classroom setting. There is a self-assement at the end in order to test knowledge.


By the end of this training the learner will be able to:

  • Summarize the characteristics of each intelligence
  • Identify your most preferred and least preferred intelligence
  • Determine a variety of options that express each intelligence
  • Establish a plan to integrate multiple intelligences into your teaching experiences


Tech Tips with James Series

There are a lot of tools for the computer that can help you in your ministry. This series will introduce you to some of these tools, and give you some ideas on how they might be able to help you.



In ministry we often find ourselves having to schedule meetings. For many of us scheduling a meeting can be a chore. Emails fly back and forth trying to find a time that is convenient. Microsoft Bookings can take the pain out of scheduling a meeting and give you some of your time back to get other things done. Click here to access the tutorial.