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Changing the Christian Education Paradigm in my local Ministerial Context.

During this postmodern global period within my local congregational context, there is a need to adequately document and spell out a viable framework for a Christian education program. While the structure of the existing program was effective in the past, there is a need for a paradigm shift that will allow the Christian education program to evolve from a lecturer to student model, to one in which the student becomes more participatory and active in the learning process.

The modification in the ethos of the spiritual transformation educational process requires the formation of a dedicated Christian Education and Spiritual Transformation Committee (CESTC). Accordingly, the Committee should be tasked with developing, deploying, and managing a Christian Education program that can feasibly begin to function within a twelve-month time frame. Additionally, the program should be future centered so that relevant adaptions could be made for future evolutionary changes in the Christian Education paradigm.

The "CESTC" during its planning process should also develop clearly defined objectives and curricula that maintain Biblically sound theological principles that will lead to the spiritual transformation and maturity of the participating students. Moreover, the objectives should be designed in such a way that successful students in addition to being spiritually matured, will also develop a component of social holiness and awareness. Therefore, possibly leading the students having a desire to evangelize to others and seek social justice for the marginalized within the community.

The transformation envisioned will require funding for training of the current and new teachers, in addition to the purchase of modern audiovisual and social media compatible equipment. Therefore, the Christian Education and Spiritual Transformation Committee (CESTC) will also need to develop a prudent and viable budget for presentation to the finance committee.

Therefore, a theologically informed approach to education in my local church requires a new paradigm and sound planning. When this is successfully achieved: it is my view that there will be a significant increase in the number of community-conscious spiritually transformed disciples of Christ because there was an intentional desire to change from the status quo.

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Clear Light Bulb. March 20, 2017.

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