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Practicing Christian Education: An Introduction for Ministry Paperback – July 18, 2017
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"This short volume is a practical introduction to the theory and practice of Christian education ministry. It will be useful in introductory courses, providing a taste of important issues and approaches in educational ministry, and it includes helpful questions for reflection or group discussion."
--Kevin E. Lawson, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; editor of the Christian Education Journal
"Practicing Christian Education discusses the biblical, historical, and theological foundations and nature of what is to be taught in and through the church. I am most enthusiastic about the compelling case that Maddix and Estep make for the integration of faith and education, of faith and the social sciences, and of faith and culture. This book has reignited my zeal for ministry preparation that has a curricular core of Christian education."
--Karen E. Jones, Veritas Theology Institute, Huntington University
"This book provides a comprehensive overview of the most common concepts and theories shaping the practice of Christian education in North America over the past three decades. Written at an introductory level, it contains the foundational knowledge that will benefit every undergraduate coming to seminary and every layperson who has ever prepared a teaching segment."
--Chris Kiesling, Asbury Theological Seminary
"Maddix and Estep provide a down-to-earth introduction to Christian education. Written for those first exploring educational ministry, the book introduces the reader to key terminology and insights through very accessible chapters. A great addition for anyone wanting to know more about the practice and process of Christian education."
--Dean G. Blevins, Nazarene Theological Seminary
"My gentle Wesleyan brothers have sounded the educational trumpet once again by reminding every church leader, 'Your congregation is a learning organization.' Shout it from the housetops! Their synthesis of educational history and the social sciences' contribution to learning theory will serve well those entering church ministry."
--Michael Lawson, author of Directing Christian Education: The Changing Role of the Christian Education Specialist
"A carefully crafted text that hits just the right chords for teachers, pastors, and Christians called upon to disciple others. It concentrates on the important things, yet it avoids overdosing the beginner. You will be shocked at the amount of good stuff these pages contain!"
--Mark H. Heinemann, Dallas Theological Seminary
About the Author
Mark A. Maddix (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministries and professor of practical theology and Christian discipleship at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.
James Riley Estep Jr. (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian education at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois.
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Assessing it for what it is, and not for what I thought it might be, the text falls short of being very helpful. Disjointed, redundant, contradictory, and unclear throughout, I would not recommend it for the seminary students the authors hope will read it. While there are certainly helpful moments, largely by way of quoting others’ material, I do not find them to be justifiable reasons for wading through the whole. If I had not agreed to review the book, I would have stopped reading after chapter six (out of seventeen) because it felt like I was simply being taken for a ride with no purpose or destination in sight—it didn’t get much better.
While I concur with the authors that churches need to take seriously what, how, and when they teach so that all can (and will!) mature in their faith and life in the kingdom of God, I did not find this book as a whole to be a clear and helpful tool for educating those leading, guiding, and/or undertaking that task.
*I received a temporary, pre-published digital copy for review from Baker Academic via NetGalley.