Catechesis, Developmental Theory, and a Fresh Vision for Christian Education

From: Volume 11, Issue 1: Spring 2014, Small Group Ministries Pages 8-23


The use of developmental theory in Christian education, though invaluable, has led to several insufficiencies in practice, namely intergenerational fragmentation, a diverted focus from scriptural engagement, and the tendency to box people in according to their developmental capacity. We propose that the church’s historic method of educating believers, catechesis, is a preferable educational framework that re-centers Christian education around the historic faith, brings generations together, renews focus on Scripture, and rigorously challenges believers to continuously grow in their faith.

Keywords: catechesis, Christian education, human development, educational theory, theological education, social science, interdisciplinary studies.



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