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KENYA METHODIST UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

COURSE CODE: THEO 110 COURSE TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION STUDENT NAME: GITONGA GATWIRI FAITH REGISTRATION NUMBER: TEO-1-1453-3/2011 LECTURER: DR. MWANGI DATE DUE: 31ST OCTOBER, 2011

ASSIGNMENT: DISSCUSS A THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE FOLLOWING AS FACTORS OF EDUCATION 1. GOALS 2. THE VIEW OF A TEACHER

A THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON GOALS AS A FACTOR OF EDUCATION INTRODUCTION Goals are aims or objectives of a certain action and in this case objectives of Christian education. What Christian education aims to achieve GOALS Christian education aims at equipping children, adults and families to understand Gods word. This is done by teaching students the word of God and them interpret and understand its meaning. Theology being faith of seeking understanding, this goal is viewed as theological

Education purposes on teaching students how to apply and communicate Gods truth in all areas of life. By teaching about Gods saving power and His creation the student learn to appreciate the mighty nature of God and have faith in all His deeds and pass this on to their actions. This when fulfilled it fulfils theology as reflection on the Christian experience past and present.

. Christian education focus on imparting knowledge about Gods word at a age appropriate levels, this is by teaching the word of God to student for example work and life of old people in the Old Testament and New Testament like Abraham the father of faith and thus

student grow in faith and they become also good teachers of Gods word in their lives, they practice holiness and total loyalty to Gods word

To offer a dynamic Christian education programs to attract participation of all age groups encouraging one another and create fellowship and relationship. Christian education is for all regardless of the age or gender. It gives programs according to the level of understanding of every group. This is where adults are separated with children and children are further divided according to their ages hence people are able to interact at their levels. In some churches or teaching institutions will have groups of women and men fellowships hence people of the same sex are able to learn from each other their experiences in life and what is expected of them in life as Christians

. Education endeavors to develop the capacity of students for enjoyment of world as Gods creation. In Christian one is taught how to maximize the use of creation, how to utilize them for benefits in their lives e.g. the land being Gods creation one is taught how to cultivate it and make it to yield food for human consumption hence enjoying life on it.

Education also aims at creating learner awareness of their spiritual needs. This is by teaching them about the gift of Holy spirit who was sent to us by God as our helper.

To develop mature people or learners who as individuals have well composed personalities and who as well oriented members of society are extending the kingdom of God in the family, church and world as a whole. By producing student who understand the word of God they practice it in their lives and teaches it to their family members, work mates and all who they interact with in life hence the society is influenced to participate in building the kingdom of God.

It seeks to develop the student abilities to know God and relate themselves and the created universe to God through the study of His word and work. In Christian education one learn who is God and His work of creation by knowing God The Father as creator of universe, Jesus as The Son of God and savior of mankind and Gods presence in the form of The Holy Spirit. It purposes to seek the realization of the potential of the individual as the image of God through the development of God given capacities. One is able to learn that God made man in His own image and gave him power over all the creation, thus one is able to know the potential in him and work hand to develop their talents and become successful in life.

To rise a generation of young people committed to the lord and acknowledgeable in the whole community of God. Children are encouraged to read and memorize catechism with summary of doctrine stated in confession of faith and this teaches them to live life of

kindness, honesty and obedience to society rules, civil authority and Gods commandments.

THE VIEW OF A TEACHER INTRODUCTION A teacher is somebody who imparts knowledge in the mind of a learner or who direct a learner how to gain knowledge in a particular aspect of life. In Christian education teachers impart knowledge to their students about the word of God, who is These God, what He has done and what He wants them to do and not to do, His power and Supremacy, His love and kindness, His saving power and the consequences of disobeying Him

BACKGROUND Teachers of Christian education date back to the Old Testament time. During the time of Moses who taught the Ten Commandments that he was given by God at Mount Sinai to the Israelites. He told them to teach their children them

Jesus Himself was a teacher Rabbi lord to His disciples or followers. Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and said rabbi, we know that you are a teacher and came from God (John 3:2). His work deeds and sayings taught people to live a holy and productive life in the world. According to Wayne R. Road (1934, pg .51) Mathew, Peter and John acknowledges that Jesus was the salvation He taught and said that His life and sayings enables His students to catch a vision of grace and to commit acts of love

ARGUMENTS The teacher should be an enabler or assistant. Should enable student to know and understand the content or the concept he is teaching, since the teacher expect a good outcome or response of student by understanding what he teaches he should be able to dispose it to them in a manner that they understand e.g. should be creative and have dialogue to let the student participate in study.

The teacher should be able to like his student, he should know his student as different from himself, should know their ages, experience and knowledge, their address, their hobbies, home relationship and this will help him to understand their individuality. He should also know their similarities, also know the in groups and singly a rebellious pupil may be a well mannered person in a group. Thus to understand the he must like them first.

Teacher should also like teaching, this means that he should enjoy the teaching itself and be jovial when doing it, be ready to prepare lessons thoroughly before presentation and having material to assist him in answering every question that may arise while teaching . Teacher should like the content, according to Wayne R. Rood. (1968. Pg 54) he likens a teacher who does not like his content with an airplane pilot who is afraid of heights. If one likes content it means he/she is able to read more about it and gather enough information and teach effectively without getting bored. The content of Christian education is wide and requires the teacher to like it so has to teach from the heart.

In Christian education a teacher should be ready to develop and exercise his/her special talents. He/she should ensure that their talents in the classroom and outside to their student so one should be ready to identify and develop talents and gifts such as sense of humor, kindness, patience extra for the sake of their student who learn and develop them in their own lives.

Christian education must be the one who loves God in the teaching or learning room and outside. He must be willing to share his/her understanding of God and his/her faith and doubts in Him honestly. He should also be able to seek God in the presence of his pupils not in secret this helps him to be an example to them on how to seek God.

A teacher should be ready to offer discussions, debates, and interact with pupils so as to help them learn to participate in team work and fellowship towards the worship of God.

Christian education teacher must be teachable, this implies that for a teacher to be effective he/she should be ready to listen the views of other people including his/her own student so as to learn more and improve on what he/she already know. David (the psalmist) had this quality that is he was ready to learn. He says O Lord teach me your paths and guide me in your truth and teach me.. Psalms 25:4-5.

Finally a teacher should teach with authority. Jesus being a model teacher He taught with authority and His teaching was very effective. In (Mark1:22) it records And they wondered at His teachings for He taught them as one who had authority and not as the scribes.

CONCLUSUION Christian education teacher should be willing to prepare carefully for each session basing the plans on the needs of learners. Should have understanding of how the student or learners learn at each age level of maturity grasp things or understands and what experience is necessary for Christian growth

Secondly the first teacher of Christian faith to children is their parents therefore parents have responsibility to teach their children as they grow.

Moreover the way teachers lives teach more loudly and perfectly than what they say so teachers actions and behaviors teaches more and therefore teachers should live what they teach to avoid confusion to the learners whom their main aim of learning is to become like their teachers so as to teach also

In addition to relating with learners teachers should also relate with learners parents and this enables them to understand their students more clearly.

Teachers are vital part of Christian education since for learning to take place there must the teacher, the learner and the content

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