Christian Education is More Than Formation

From: Volume 7, Issue 2: Fall 2010, Spiritual Formation and Christian Education Pages 356-365

Abstract

This article considers Christian education as being spiritual in nature if it is faithful to its Christian roots, but encompassing more than an exclusive emphasis upon formation to include in explicit ways the crucial areas of both shared information and anticipated transformation in the lives of persons, churches, and communities. The reliance upon spiritual formation alone as an educational paradigm can squelch the place of the prophetic ministry and rigorous study. Christian education that is holistic seeks to share information, to nurture formation, and to explore the transformation God seeks to bestow upon Christian faith communities in the third millennium.

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