This article reviews the background of the National Association of Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE) and its connection with the National Sunday School Association (NSSA). The NAPCE's doctrinal statement is reviewed, along with its constitution. The incorporation of the NAPCE is discussed in light of the impact that such a move will have on the association's organization and purpose, leadership, and financial security. This article is based on Dr. Smyth's 1984 presidential address to the members of the NAPCE.
This article is adopted from the presidential address given by the author to the members of the National Association of Professors of Christian Education at their convention in 1983. In the address, Dr. Smyth challenged Christian educators to a leadership characterized by serving God out of broken hearts and redeemed minds, following the leadership of the Holy Spirit, and envisioning the changing world while remaining constant in purpose.