Toward a Definition of Christian Education: A Comparison of Richards and Westerhoff

From: Volume V, Issue 2: Spring 1985 Pages 15-23


Christian education has been a function of the church since the first century, yet it seeks a definition of its form in the contemporary church. Sensing the inadequacy of a program approach to Christian education, such theorists as Dr. Lawrence O. Richards and Dr. John H. Westerhoff III describe it as a process of transmitting the Christian faith. This process requires new methods, ones with a whole-person focus to encourage nurture through interpersonal relationships. The ultimate goal of Christian education is to stimulate and support the believer's growth in Christlikeness.



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