Programs - Strategies in Christian Education Ministry

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?

You'll find brief input on the above questions in the Christian Education Ministry Manual as well as one page list of these questions that you are permitted to copy to assess each existing or potential program you might have.

List of Programs or Strategies that Could be a Part of Christian Education Ministry:

Adult Education
Bible Study Discussion Groups
Bible Institute
Camping Program
Catechism or Confirmation Classes
Childhood Education
Christian School or Day Care Program
Conferences & Retreats
Family Ministry

Ministry Training
Missionary Education
New Members Class
Singles Ministry
Small Groups
Special Education Program
Special Events
Sunday School
Vacation Bible School
Youth Ministry

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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Christian Education Ministry Resources

Need a big picture perspective and biblical principles for coordinating the Christian Education ministry in the church? Order the Christian Education Ministry Manual.
Want to work at getting your Christian Education leadership team on the same page? Order the Christian Education Leadership Team Training.
Looking for some guidelines and resources to administrate the Christian Education ministry of your church? Order the Christian Education Files.

Better yet, order the Christian Education Ministry Bundle which includes all three of these resources.