Programming in itself is not bad.
Problems come when:
- a program takes on a life of its own rather than being seen as a tool to a greater purpose
- a program exists because "we've always done it this way"
- a program becomes a priority over people
Validate the existence of the various programs using the following questions:
(1) Does it line up with the overall purpose of the church?
(2) Does it have a distinct objective within the overall purpose?
(3) Does the spiritual yield merit the resources required to effectively carry out the program?
(4) Are the resources required to effectively carry out the program available?
(5) Does it stem from prayer as God's idea or is it the result of following after another church or after the ideas of man?
List of Programs or Strategies that Could be a Part of Christian Education Ministry:
Bible Study Discussion Groups
Catechism or Confirmation Classes
Christian School or Day Care Program
Conferences & Retreats
New Members Class
Special Education Program
Vacation Bible School
Some of the Christian Education programs may be right for your church and some may not. Run existing programs and desired programs through the validation questions above. If a program passes the test, discern the best use of your resources to determine the way you should structure it. Then give it your best as unto the Lord (Col. 3:17; 1 Cor. 10:31) in the power of the Lord (Phil. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:3).
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