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
- 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.
- Apologetics and Christian Evidences.
- Church history.
- 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.