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Christian Education

Jesus formed his disciples by making known to them the various dimensions of the Kingdom of God.... Christ's method of formation was accomplished by diverse yet inter-related tasks.  His example is the most fruitful inspiration for effective catechesis today because it is integral to formation in the Christian faith.

Throughout our lives Faith must be known, celebrated, lived, and expressed in prayer.

So Christian Education comprises six fundamental tasks, each of which is related to an aspect of faith in Christ....

  • Promote¬†knowledge of the faith.

  • Promote¬†knowledge of the meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments.

  • Promote¬†moral formation in Jesus Christ.

  • Teach¬†the Christian how to pray with Christ.

  • Prepare¬†the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the Life and mission of the Church.

  • Promote¬†a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society.

 

Teaching to all ages:

Martin Luther advocated for the teaching of all children.  Not just children of a certain age, all children, meaning everyone in the household including infants.  Considering the time period of his suggestion, this was a radical idea to be sure.  His recognition of the education of young children would contribute to the idea for universal education in the next decades and centuries.

Parents Role as Teachers:

Along with the education, Luther shaped the idea that parents are the child’s first and most important teachers. This concept is verbalized on a daily basis in early childhood as we reinforce this idea with parents. Early childhood teachers rely upon the connection with parents and view this as a key component of their classroom.

Christ Lutheran Teaches the Teachers:

Our Adult Sunday Faith Formation teaches parents and grandparents the Lutheran Faith so that they may teach their childern the Christian faith during the week.  Our Youth and Children's Sunday Faith Formation supplements and reinforces a child's learning each Sunday.  But the Christian faith is learned with the parents by the doing in the home.

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