lead the CE activities. Interestingly, the CE program focuses on the church’s MissionStatement:
Everyone is important.
This is a large Urban Church with over 1,000 membersand a vibrant CE program. We were pleased to meet Melissa Woodforlk, head of Zion HillBaptist Church. With over 30 ministries and auxiliaries, the Ministers, Deacons,Deaconesses, and Laypersons lead the CE activities.Four aspects that could serve as valuables, and/or help map our Christian Education -transformation, faith community, spiritual growth, and religious instructions. Accordingly,“these four themes can help leaders direct their congregation into a fuller developed Christianlife.”
Assessment of Christian Education Ministry
Allen Page, III
The purpose of this section will be to assess the data collected during our study of theeight churches. The information to support our conclusions is represented in two appendicesof this paper: Appendix I – outlines the actual responses from the interviews performed;while Appendix II – provides a statistical analysis, with supporting charts, of the information provided. Our discussion will follow the outline of the questions explored with each church’sleadership. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of information obtained, andfinally offer three suggestions for immediate improvement regarding the Christian educationministry.
What are the Christian Education activities?
Our study asked the church leaders to sharewith us the various activities included in the Christian education program. We discoveredthat Christian education programs were very supportive of traditional disciplines.
100 percent of our churches educational structure included Sundaymorning church school, with class offerings for various age groups. 75 percentincluded weekly Bible Study and prayer meeting as another pillar of their program.63 percent offered new membership or discipleship training; while 38 percent provided leadership training and workshops. The remainder of our investigationsdiscovered that Vacation Bible School, home-study group, and annual health fair were held at 25 percent of our churches. Only 13 percent of our churches included anontraditional form of education, such as liturgical dance.
Jack L. Seymour,
Mapping Christian Education: Approaches to Congregational Learning,
(Nashville:Abingdon Press, 1997) pp. 19-22