What is Adaptive Learning?

No single person or organization has all the answers. Complex challenges require adaptive solutions. Reaching nations with the gospel requires an innovative and adaptive learning and training system. There is no “one size fits all” approach to reaching the nations of the world with the good news of Jesus.

The world is complex. It seems to be growing more and more complex every day. An acronym often used to describe unpredictable environments is “VUCA.” It stands for “volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.” This is descriptive of many environments that Accelerate is working in – particularly war zones, refugee camps and urban environments. It also increasingly describes more and more of the world around us. As the world becomes more complex and uncertain, we need a way to rapidly adapt and discover new approaches to reaching people.

When facing a VUCA environment, a static model of ministry or movement will not work. Adaptive learning is designed to help teams continually and rapidly adapt to the changing environments they find themselves in. During this process, we form adaptive teams that are able to find, test and implement new and innovative approaches to ministry. Movements in VUCA environments can only be achieved through an adaptive learning approach.

Definition: Adaptive peer learning is process of continued learning, diversification and adaptation of tactics, methodologies and systems based on a single common vision, set of values and strategy.

Transitioning from a static model or a personality-based approach is not easy. It can take a major paradigm shift to move into an adaptive approach to movement. The results, however, can be profound. People often comment on the joy and thrill of learning together with other teams from around the world.

Visit our Accelerate Teams site to find out how you can participate in or initiate an adaptive learning event focused on gospel movements.