CELT 2018 The Moody Church Chicago, IL March 27, 2018
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CELT 2018 Plenary Speaker Zoltán Dörnyei, University of Nottingham Topic: Vision, Mental Imagery and the Christian Life The notion of vision has been used widely in a variety of professional contexts – from politics and psychology to business management and education – because it has been seen as an effective tool for promoting human motivation and performance in diverse areas such as psychotherapy, second language acquisition and sports, to name but a few. As a result, there is now a solid body of scholarly literature in the social sciences on how to conceptualise and operationalise the faculty to behold “mental imagery” for the purpose of enhancing cognitive functioning and motivational thinking. In this talk, I will argue that an understanding of the nature of vision can also be conducive to enhancing the quality of Christian life and ministry. This belief has been corroborated by the popularity of the term in several Christian contexts, most notably in Christian leadership training materials as well as in the Christian literature about seeking God’s purpose for individual believers or for whole ecclesial communities. It is my belief that the human capacity for mental imagery is one of the core aspects of being created in God’s image, and it will be shown that a great deal of the accumulated scientific knowledge on visualisation and mental imagery is transferrable to Christian content; to illustrate this, the talk will conclude by a discussion of how vision can be consciously generated, enriched and sustained in believers in general and in Christian L2 teachers in particular.
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