This course takes a look at the historical and theological foundations of Christian education, beginning with the Sunday School Movement, and ending with the present-day approaches to Christian Faith Formation. It will include a look at the realities of differing learning styles, developmental stages, and approaches to faith formation. The primary focus this is course will be faith formation in the church, and options will be given for age level interests (children, youth, young adult, and senior adult).
Students are required to have the following book for this class:
- Teaching the Way of Jesus: Educating Christians for Faithful Living, by Jack Seymour
- Basics of Christian Education, Karen B. Tye
This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
You will need a password to enroll in this class as a proof of pre-requisites.
About the Instructor
Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith holds a PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The focus of his work is in rural ministry. He teaches regularly for many schools in the fields of Christian Education, Rural Ministry, and United Methodist Studies.
His most recent writing is on rural youth ministry as erosion control and is working on an article related to Wesley eschatology in rural communities. He serves as the Director of Connectional Ministries at Oak Hill United Methodist Church. He lives in Hildebran, North Carolina, with his wife Shannon, a United Methodist Deacon. She serves at First United Methodist Church, Newton. The have 3 dogs, enjoy hiking, playing board games, and working on their new home.