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If you were to go to almost any church today and ask any of its congregants or its clergymen what is the meaning of Christian Education, I can almost certainly guarantee you that there would be a pause before your question is answered. Why? Well for starters, nobody has ever even heard of Christian Education and it is not because it is insignificant, it is because they were never actually taught the meaning of such a term. Not only that, but some people and churches have narrowed down Christian Education to Sunday School and vacation Bible schools when it is so much more to it than that. I have oftentimes wondered to myself, why is it that you have to go to a 4-year Christian university or biblical institution to receive profound and concise Christian education. I have come to the conclusion, that it is because no one knows what true Christian Education is.

So, what exactly is this term, Christian Education and how do we define it? A Methodist Church defines it as: Ministry involving the administration and coordination of programs or strategies to facilitate the spiritual growth or discipleship of believers into Christ-likeness. Another ministry has stated the definition as growing disciples into the image of Christ. But is that all? I do not believe so.

My definition of Christian Education comes directly from Ephesians 4:11-15. This scripture greatly stands out to me when defining the true meaning of Christian Education.

And he gave to the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers …

Everybody has a gift that God has given them. There is not one person in the Body of Christ that does not have a gift. It is up to us to educate them and encourage them to seek out what that gift is.

to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ

Christian Education is training the people of God and equipping them with the necessary materials (spiritually and educationally) in order to greatly affect the body of Christ. They must be trained so that they may serve in whatever capacity the Holy Spirit has given their measure of faith for ministry. The purpose of this should be pure edification and not selfish ambition. This is a life-long work for the scripture says, “until we all reach unity in the faith in the knowledge of God’s Son.” We all know that we will not all reach that kind of unity until the day the Lord Jesus Christ makes His grand entrance into the world for His Second Coming. The process of Christian Education is to bring about maturity in the believer. As the believer grows more and more in Christ, he or she graduates from the milk of immaturity to the meat of maturity, The believer will morph into the Imago Dei (Image of God) and of Christ with the mindset of the Holy Spirit and therefore will be measured by the fullness of Jesus Christ.

so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

Christian Education should mature the believer and transform them from immaturity to maturity and they are no longer spiritual little children, but full-fledged spiritual adults who were TAUGHT GOOD, SOUND DOCTRINE that keeps them grounded and rooted in the Word of God. That means that they have to be taught the Word of God and the meaning of the Word of God forwards, backwards, upside down, etcetera so that they will not be persuaded by “good sounding” doctrine from clever and cunning people who try and twist or dismiss the Word of God. The believers have to be taught good lessons in Apologetics, Exegetical and Hermeneutical studies so that they will not be tripped up by false prophets and teachers who wish to shake their faith and deceitfully sift them. This is extremely crucial to Christian Education.

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.

A lot of people may not know this about Christian Education, but bottom line: Christian Education’s goal is to transform believers and morph them into the image of Jesus Christ. Believers have to be taught how to speak in love just like Jesus Christ did. They have to be taught to carry and develop the absolute mindset of Jesus Christ. The scripture, “Let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus” definitely comes to mind. When people see you, they should see Jesus Christ. They should see His smile, character, love, compassion, wisdom, and spirit. Believers should be taught to actually mirror everything about Our Lord and Savior who is the federal head.

Briyant Hines is from Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of 5, he decided that he was going to become a Minister of the Gospel. He just received his AA in Religious Studies from Beulah Heights University. He has written for devotional magazines, Christian magazines, Christian blogs, as well as The Front Office News, FanSided, and Cleveland Sports Talk, DevoZine, Christian Media Magazine, and more.

6 Responses

  1. Linda Loring

    I have taught in Christian schools for 24 years now, in three different denominations, Baptist, Lutheran, and Methodist. When I was in college, for two years I even taught Sunday school in the Episcopal church for kindergarten and first-graders. I now teach in college. The emphasis in this article was right on target for whatever age the learner. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Gardenia

    I am the Director of Christian Education at my church. Certainly it is a difficult but satisfying ministry. Difficult, because older adults seemingly only want to learn from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Satisfying, because when you are actively engaged in learning and training, it develops your Christian walk and others. This article speaks to what Christian Education is about (Ephesians 4: 11-15).

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  3. Robert Phillips

    I’m currently the Christian Education director of my denomination in Jamaica. Love your article..

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  4. Brian Deeker

    Christian Education starts in the home. We have 7 years to shape and influence the minds of our children before the world gets noisy and they stop listening. As parents we have the most serious responsibility to teach the ways of Jesus to our children.

    It is true that Christian Education is important, but so many parents rely on teachers to build the faith of their children, in effect being 1 day a week Christians. We need to return to the bible and bring it into our homes and the minds of our children. For a truly biblical perspective on Christian Education, read “The Adventist Home” http://www.jesuschrist.expert/inspiration/

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  5. Deitra

    I am so very proud of my first born son, Briyant! The God in you never cease to amaze me! I want you to continue to allow God to use you for His glory. Keep on pressing and always trust the process of God and His plan. This article is very well written. Let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you. I am blessed to be chosen by God to be your mother. I love you, but God loves you more. He has a plan for your entire life.

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