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23 CE301 Christian Education

Course Description

A study of the principles, philosophies, objectives, methods, and importance of Christian education.

Students will be exposed to different learning methods and identify the importance of their own education and the need to transmit what they have learned to others.

Course Rational

Christian education seeks to equip leaders for lives of Christian service, in the pursuit of knowledge and the development of Christian character. How people learn tends to be universal and cross-cultural, but how people teach tends to be deeply cultural and not always effective. This course will help challenge and improve pastors’ view of the way people learn and make them more effective in teaching others how to teach as well as in their own teaching and preaching.

Program Outcomes


CN-18 Ability to explain the basic theories in the art of communication, especially those that concern preaching and teaching.


CP-1 Ability to communicate effectively with cultural and contextual relevance.

CP-9 Ability to organize, promote, and implement discipleship for all. CP-9


CH-6 Ability to give value to all persons in all social contexts. CH-6


CX-3 Ability to analyze and describe community and congregational dynamics.

CX-4 Ability to identify universal characteristics of culture and their role in a local context.

CX-10 Ability to identify and apply principles of cross-cultural communication.

Activity Outcomes


ACC-1 Demonstrate a Christ-like character of submission, integrity and love in all relationships.


ADM-5 Demonstrate how to teach and equip the members of the congregation with the knowledge and tools needed to fulfill the mission of the church using the resources of all levels, boards, and auxiliaries with good stewardship and reporting procedures.

Continuing Education

CED-2 Identify the themes and teaching methods Jesus used and be able to use them in the church and community.

Counsel – Listen

CON-3 Demonstrate the ability to identify and equip church members who are gifted in the area of Biblical counseling and delegate counseling cases to them.


DIS-3 Model spiritual disciplines to individuals and small groups including: prayer, devotional reading, fasting, solitude, and public worship.

DIS-5 Explain the essential concepts of discipleship: what is a disciple, how to be a disciple, why would a person become a disciple, and how to make more disciples.

DIS-7 Identify holiness materials useful to congregations including classical Christian literature, audio, video (or other media) to assist their regular spiritual growth.

DIS-12 Envision and describe the type of Christian education most appropriate for a local church and plan the equipping and development of leaders, teachers, and helpers.

DIS-14 Prepare, organize, and deliver a biblically sound lesson or sermon using culturally sensitive techniques and skills.

DIS-15 Recognize the importance of discipling children and youth and develop a plan for this in the local church.

Personal Spiritual Development (Holiness)

HOL-3 List and explain the top ten character traits a pastor should have as it relates to pastoral ministry.

HOL-6 Develop yearly lessons for Sunday School or small group and a yearly preaching plan about the character traits a pastor and/or a church must have (love, forgiveness, humility, courage, etc.). Teach the developed lessons to at least one age-group.


LEA-8 Explain the benefits of mentoring from a biblical and theological perspective, the goals and purpose, the selection process for mentoring (prayer, issues such as gender and age); and the difference between formal and informal mentoring. Explain the role of evaluating and accountability in the mentoring relationship and the difference between a friend and a mentor.

LEA-9 Demonstrate how to identify tasks as opportunities for team development. Develop and articulate a strategy for team creation, team endurance, and team termination.


MIN-5 List several and then implement one approach to Christian education developed in the last thirty years which is consistent with good theology, psychology and sociology.

MIN-6 Demonstrate how to equip at least one person to implement the gifting God has given them in both the local congregation and their daily life context.


PRA-1 Model the prayers of Christ and His relationship to the Father through a strong passion for a life of prayer shown by devoting time to prayer and keeping a prayer journal, including a list of lost people for whom God has made them responsible.

Small Group

SMG-4 Explain the teaching theory, concepts and methods at work within each of the small groups.

SMG-5 Demonstrate how to develop lessons for a small group that enable them to apply God’s word and grow spiritually.

Content 21%
Competency 36%
Character 14%
Context 29%

Course Texts

Blevins, Dean, and Mark Maddix. Discovering Discipleship: Dynamics of Christian Education. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2010.

Providing Christian Education for All Ages, rev. 7. RIIE Course Module. Kansas City: Clergy Services, 2002.

Available from www.whdl.org:

A Philosophy of Education for the Church of the Nazarene.

Harper, Albert F., and Sanner, A. Elwood. Exploring Christian Education.

Maddix, Mark. Christlike Character in Christian Higher Education.

Nazarene Theological Institute. TP-203: Christian Education.

Purkiser, W.T. Toward a Definition of Christian Education.

Wiley, H. Orton. Christian Education.

Williamson, Gideon B. Interdependence of Christian Education and Evangelism.

Course Requirements

  1. The local school’s attendance policy should be placed here.
  2. Bible Reading and Prayer Journal: Students should read through the Bible as designated in the Master Plan for Bible Reading in the Course of Study. For this course, students will read Hosea 1 – Jonah 3 and Revelation 1 – 12. As part of the Scripture reading for each week, students will keep a journal. In this journal, answer these personal questions, “How does God speak to me or my family today through His word? How does this reading help me to love others?” Entries should be made at least weekly for semester courses or daily for intensives. Each entry should be at least one paragraph of 200 words.

(Outcomes ACC-1, DIS-3, PRA-1)

  1. Small Group Discussions: Students will meet regularly in class sessions to role play, discuss, and reflect on topics of the day. Some of these discussions may include written work or oral presentations. The instructor and students can determine the topics as part of the learning process.

(Outcomes CN-18, CX-3, CX-4, CED-2, DIS-5, DIS-7, DIS-15, HOL-6, SMG-4)

  1. Teach: Plan and teach a Sunday School Lesson or Bible study lesson in a local ministry on the topic of making disciples. The lesson should be designed to speak to the ministry context where the student serves or intends to serve. Employing some of the various teaching methods, students will prepare a lesson plan for typical age groups in a local church (children, youth, and adult) based on the information covered in this course. Students will then teach the lesson to one of these age groups in a local church. Students will hand in a written copy of their study. Several people in the local church will need to complete a simple evaluation form for the instructor. Students are encouraged to use media and creative teaching methods if appropriate and available during the presentation.

(Outcomes CP-1, CP-9, CX-10, ADM-5, CON-3, DIS-3, DIS-14, MIN-5, MIN-6, SMG-5)

  1. Report on Christian Education: Each student will orally present to the class in about 20 minutes their understanding of the vital importance of Christian Education in the church, use of methods as well as content learned in class and course materials. Students should highlight how making Christlike disciples is the goal of Christian Education and what this involves in the local church. The presentation should be fashioned as much as possible for implementation in a local church in which the student is involved or will be involved in the future.

(Outcomes CP-1, CP-9, DIS-12, DIS-15, HOL-3, LEA-8, LEA-9, MIN-5, SMG-4)

  1. Teacher Interview: Interview someone who teaches in the community (can be any age level) about the methods he or she finds most effective in their teaching. Respond to this interview by reviewing this teacher’s methods in light of various discussions in this course. How can the gospel of Jesus Christ impact teaching methodology? Prepare a two-page review of this experience.

(Outcomes CH-6, CX-3, ADM-5, DIS-5, MIN-4)

Course Evaluation

Journal                                               10 %

Small Group Discussions                   20 %

Teach a Lesson                                   30 %

Report on Christian Education            20 %

Teacher Interview                               20 %

Grading Policy

A         90-100%

B         80-89%

C         70-79%

D         60-69%

45-59%           (Passable for the certificate level and toward the requirements for being ordained in the Church of the Nazarene)

If a student marks a final grade lower than 45% he or she must take the course again for credit at the diploma level

Course Outline

  1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Christian Education
  2. Lesson 2: Definitions and Contexts of Christian Education
  3. Lesson 3: Old Testament Education
  4. Lesson 4: New Testament Education
  5. Lesson 5: History of Christian Education
  6. Lesson 6: Important Information About Learning
  7. Lesson 7: Developmentalism
  8. Lesson 8: Physical and Intellectual Growth
  9. Lesson 9: Developmental Approach to Christian Education
  10. Lesson 10: Basic Questions for Teaching
  11. Lesson 11: Educational Philosophy for Teaching
  12. Lesson 12: Christian Teaching for Transformation
  13. Lesson 13: Curriculum Design and Lesson Writing
  14. Lesson 14: Book, Look, and Took
  15. Lesson 15: Lesson Planning
  16. Lesson 16: Curriculum Scope and Sequence
  17. Lesson 17: Curriculum Evaluation
  18. Lesson 18: Structures and Programs of Christian Education
  19. Lesson 19: Recruiting and Developing Workers
  20. Lesson 20: Dismissing Workers
  21. Lesson 21: Use of Media in Christian Education