Christian Education and Spiritual Formation: One and the Same?

From: Volume 7, Issue 2: Fall 2010, Spiritual Formation and Christian Education Pages 340-355


Christian education as an academic discipline is under scrutiny due to the rising influence of spiritual formation. Churches are replacing Christian educators with pastors of spiritual formation. However, there are many ways in which these approaches overlap. This article seeks to identify how selected voices among Christian educators of the 20th century-John Westerhoff, III and James E. Loder, Jr. in particular-and contemporaries have unpacked the motif of spiritual formation. It argues that Christian education and spiritual formation are complementary but distinct disciplines and seeks to identify ways Christian educators can endorse spiritual formation with integrity.



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