The purpose of this article is to generate thinking about why Christian educators are doing what they are doing. As they face the 21st century, a reassessment of the contemporary Christian education setting must be made to see if it is ready to confront the challenge of that new century. Christian educators must be willing to take a long, hard look at their field of ministry and ask whether it is accomplishing all that the biblical mandate requires.
The author draws the biblical pattern for the local church from a grammatical analysis of Ephesians 4:11-16. He discusses the headship of Christ as carried on by the Holy Spirit, the ministry of multiple leadership, fellowship and commitment to service, and the attainment of maturity and unity.