I graduated from college with a B.S. in Bible Christian Education. My Master’s Degree is in Christian Education. I’ve served in the church’s Christian Education Ministry for many years and was even a Director of Christian Education at a church. Yet, I don’t know the best approach for you! Now, before you think I slept through school and didn’t do much of anything when working for a church, let me explain.
- There are various models for Christian Education ministry that can be used, each with pros and cons.
- There are many variables from church to church that could make certain models fit better at one church from the other. Just as teachers must consider the group factors when determining the most appropriate method for a lesson, so must ministry leaders look at a variety of factors to determine what approach is best.
- There are varying results God might want to accomplish through different churches. Decisions on what approach to use must therefore be born out of prayer. Weighing the pros and cons for your situation won’t always bring you to God’s desires. Sometimes God wants us to stretch outside of our comfort zones, doing what doesn’t always make sense to us humans, because of what He wants to do through our particular church body.
Best Approach: What Direction Does God Want Your Christian Education Ministry to Go?
When asked what is the best approach for your church’s Christian Education program, I must therefore say, “I don’t know.” Even if I were to do an assessment of your church, though I could probably let you know what would best fit your situation, I would still guard against telling you that it is what you must do. What I would strongly urge you to do, is to pray over it. What direction does God want you to go?
If we arrive at our methodology purely based on logic or analytical thinking, then the Church may as well be any other kind of organization. The Church, however, is different. The Church is a living organism whose Head is the Lord Jesus Christ. We must always remember that it is HIS church, not ours, so we must get the final decision from Him.