Christian Education is facing tremendous challenges in this complex world where we have more people unchurched than churched. Recent research by Tom Rainer indicates that “Around 200 churches will close this week, maybe more. The pace will accelerate unless we make some dramatic changes.” Several surveys indicate that American churches have a biblical illiteracy problem. A survey by LifeWay reveals that only 10 percent of churchgoers read the Bible on regular basis.
Our Congress of Christian Education is intentional about our focus, “To know, practice, and study God’s word daily.” The purpose of Christian education is to sharpen the skills of mature Christian workers, and to prepare the next generation leaders who will shape the future. In Andy Stanley’s book, “Next Generation Leader: Five Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future,” Stanley makes the point, “Some leaders are unwilling to develop other leaders because it is too time consuming, and people often believe “if you want it done right, do it yourself.” We believe, if we don’t make a commitment to train future leaders, the pace of churches closing will become more critical. The word of God has saving power. God’s word if applied could very well save our lives, homes, churches, communities, and our nation.
What God said through the mouth of Prophet Isaiah is germane to us in this day and time. “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6). The aim of Christian Education is to make sure God’s people do not forget the word of God, and His divine path for our lives.
We declare and reaffirm that God’s mission for our Congress involves ministering to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, educational, and environmental needs of people we serve.