I’m reading a book, and I am not all the way through it, but I have decided to comment on it anyway. To be honest, I had a hard time getting into it. I hated the first chapter. But I stuck with it and I’m getting there. The book is called Beyond Maintenance to Mission; A Theology of the Congregation by Craig Nessan. Like I said, I stuck with it, and am now part way through Chapter 6, which happens to be titled Education: Making Disciples. This chapter has been really meaningful to me. For one thing, education is one of my chief responsibilities in the congregation I serve. But I have also totally enjoyed what I read so far. Of the many books that I have read on Christian Education, this one chapter made the steps to obtaining valuable Christian education look realistic and doable. Above all, it set up three stages of Christian Ed; learning the Christian story, thinking through the Christian story, and finally living the Christian faith.
I recommend that anyone new to Christian Ed, or overwhelmed by dealing with the advice they have, start with this book, this chapter.