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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 fait 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.


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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 fait 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.

30 review for Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    I wanted to like this book, I really did, but for every good point that the author makes, there are an equal number of bad points with more charts and tables than a chemistry text book. The hymns composed by the author at the end of each chapter was also an indulgence of ego which pushed me over the edge into the disliked the book category.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is an excellent text. I have used it for several courses at the seminary where I teach pastoral and practical theology courses revolving around the subject of catechesis.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Overall very helpful. I had to read it pretty quickly for an assignment but I'll definitely come back to it and go through it more slowly. Good for anyone in teaching ministry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Eugene

    This is a book on education ministry which means it is a book on what education ministry is, namely: discipleship. It is comprehensive in nature and I would say an absolute necessity for anyone who is involved in any form of education ministry and wants to stay faithful to the scriptures. I especially like how Parrett not only derives his conclusions from directly from the scriptures, he also goes through church history to show you how it has been done in the past. Dr. Gary Parrett's lectures fo This is a book on education ministry which means it is a book on what education ministry is, namely: discipleship. It is comprehensive in nature and I would say an absolute necessity for anyone who is involved in any form of education ministry and wants to stay faithful to the scriptures. I especially like how Parrett not only derives his conclusions from directly from the scriptures, he also goes through church history to show you how it has been done in the past. Dr. Gary Parrett's lectures for the class that uses this book are available free online if you search for them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ian Hammond

    Helpful.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    A few parts of it were too "mystical" and the word "experience" may have been overused. Overall - very helpful. Who knew there's so much to learn about learning.

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