Christian education directors, teachers, and curriculum developers who deal with adult ministries will need to be alert to the forces that will bend the shape of adult Christian education. Some of these are social, such as the growing number of adults and the increased percentage of older adults, a phenomena termed the "graying of America." This graying of America might eventuate in the maturing of America if church leaders are aware of the opportunities in adult Christian education. Rapid change and pluralism are two other social changes dealt with in this article. The shape of adult Christian education will also be molded around what we have learned about the adult learner. Most determinative are the findings that adults are self-directed in their learning, are performance oriented, diverse, and are in the process of developing. Implications drawn from these will help church leaders get things in shape for future adult ministries.
Family problems won't stay at home. These problems keep spilling into our churches provoking church leaders to redouble efforts at family life ministry. But, too often, this ministry is directed toward past stereotypes of the family instead of the real contemporary one. What used to be typical no longer is. Changes in the American family demand a concerted effort at modification of the church's family life ministry if it is to be relevant to all of its members. The changes suggested here are already part of many contemporary churches.
A church's "atmosphere," or "climate," is becoming a major factor in its Christian education ministry. The mood and spirit of a group, and the way it operates, communicates a lot about the organization itself. The author suggests ways to cultivate an express of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.