Teaching the Faith Forming the Faithful
Why does the church teach? And what should it teach? ??In recent years, traditional Sunday school and education programs have declined in influence and effectiveness. Education in the church is often sidelined by other competing priorities, and our efforts become...
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Why does the church teach? And what should it teach?
??In recent years, traditional Sunday school and education programs have declined in influence and effectiveness. Education in the church is often sidelined by other competing priorities, and our efforts become haphazard and random.
??As a result, many Christians have not learned the fundamental doctrinal content of the faith. As a response, a growing number of church ministries have moved toward an emphasis on Christian spiritual formation. But churches must hold together education and formation, the teaching of the faith and the forming of the faithful.
??In this comprehensive text, Gary Parrett and Steve Kang attend to both the content and process of educational and formational ministries. They set forth a thoroughly biblical vision for intentional teaching of the Christian faith, with a holistic concern for what and whom is taught as well as how and why.
??Fully apprised of developments in educational theory and pedagogy, Parrett and Kang propose a core curriculum for recovering the full scope of Christian proclamation and reinvigorating the teaching ministry of the church. Their vision has implications not merely for catechesis, but for preaching, worship, children's and youth ministry, and much more.
??The body of Christ can become all that God intends it to be, through intentional practices that foster personal and corporate formation. Here is guidance for individuals and congregations on that journey.
Gary A. Parrett (Ed.D., Columbia) is professor of educational ministries and worship and chair of the Division of Ministry of the Church at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Caucasian married to a Korean-American, who has pastored several Korean-American churches and is currently on staff at a multiethnic church. He is a co-author of A Many Colored Kingdom (Baker, 2004) and Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church (InterVarsity Press, 2009) with S. Steve Kang.
S. Steve Kang (Ph.D., Northwestern University / Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) is associate professor of educational ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has also taught at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Unveiling the Socioculturally Constructed Multivoiced Self (University Press of America, 2002), A Many Colored Kingdom (Bakerbooks, 2004) and is co-editor of Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (InterVarsity Press), 2005) and co-author of Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church (InterVarsity Press, 2009) with Gary A. Parrett