Christian Education

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Christian Education

1. What Christian education is:

Christian education is the systematic religious education of children, young people and adults within a Church parish, which includes especially the teaching of the Bible and Christian doctrine, with a view to initiating them into the fullness of Christian life and a deeper relationship with God.

Christian education also includes an approach to studying the world from a Biblical point of view. This kind of Christian education usually involves Christian schools, home-schools and Daycares, and can include non-Christian students and other people not affiliated with a particular Church.

Traditionally, Christian education has been called Catechesis. Catechesis is the systematic method of teaching the Catechism of a particular Church to the members of its parish. A Catechism is a summary or exposition of doctrine, traditionally used in the religious teaching of a particular Church from its beginnings to the present.

2. Programs or strategies that may be a part of a Christian Education ministry:

  • Catechism Classes
  • Church Library
  • Conferences & Retreats
  • Discipleship Groups
  • Family Devotions
  • Interest Groups
  • Ministry Training
  • Missionary Education
  • New Members & Baptism Class
  • One to One Discipleship
  • Personal Devotions
  • Seminary
  • Singles Ministry
  • Small Groups & Book Studies
  • Special Events
  • Sunday School
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Youth Ministry
  • Christian schools attached to a Church and/or denomination.

3. Developing the teaching curriculum – factors to consider:

  • The teaching cycle — weeks, months, years, etc.
  • The number of slots for teaching in the weekly church calendar.
  • The desired period of time in scheduling a series of subjects.
  • The age demographics of the congregation.
  • The specialized groups involved in the teaching ministry.
  • The gifted personnel to be used in teaching.
  • The content of subjects to be taught.

4. Deciding on the content – consider three categories:

The individual books of the Bible or groups of books.

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Groupings of books by category: Pentateuch, Historical, Psalms, Gospels, Letters, etc.
  • Chronological study of the whole Bible.
  • Harmony of the Gospels.

The major doctrines of the Bible.

  • The Study of God.
  • The Study of the Bible.
  • The Study of Christ.
  • The Study of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Study of Angels.
  • The Study of Man.
  • The Study of Sin.
  • The Study of Salvation.
  • The Study of the Church.
  • The Study of Last Things.

Applied Christian living and service.

  • Evangelism and Missions.
  • Marriage and Family Life.
  • Counseling.
  • Apologetics and Christian Evidences.
  • Church history.
  • Ethics.
  • Teaching methods, Homiletics, Music, etc.

5. Useful study tools for every Church library:

  • Several Bible translations for comparison.
  • An Exhaustive Concordance to the Bible.
  • A Bible Dictionary.
  • A Dictionary of Old and New Testament words.
  • A Commentary on the whole Bible.
  • An Encyclopedia of the Bible.
  • Handbooks on Theology, Apologetics, Survey of the Bible, Church History and Hermeneutics.

 


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