Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective of Christian Education in the 21st Century - Application Due Nov 28, 2016
Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective of Christian Education in the 21st Century
Item 14-12 – 222nd General Assembly (2016)
The 222nd General Assembly (2016) created a Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective of Christian Education in the 21st Century to report to the 223rd General Assembly (2018). The work of this committee is to include
- assessing the historic roles Christian education and certified Christian educators have played in the formation of faithful followers of Jesus Christ in the Presbyterian church and determine how our common history informs the future of educational ministry in the life of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);
- examining the current state of Christian education not only in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), but also ecumenically, while exploring means by which to lift up and strengthen the educational ministries of congregations and councils of the church;
- investigating how persons engaged in educational ministry, paid and volunteer, can offer themselves as resources to the denomination;
- studying current trends in employment of Christian educators within the congregations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including consulting with the Board of Pensions about educator participation in benefit programs through the Board of Pensions, to determine whether there needs to be any changes in the present certification process, so as to make the certification process more accessible to persons, paid and volunteer, serving in educational ministry in congregations and councils of the church;
- partnering with racial ethnic caucuses and gatherings of small membership congregations to explore how resources and certification in the PC(USA) can be reflective of the diversity in the church; and
- exploring means of creating awareness and increasing value in the field of Christian education while helping the entire church think critically and faithfully about the necessity for Christian education in our ever-evolving reality.
The 222nd General Assembly recommended that the Special Committee be in consultation with the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Theology, Formation, Evangelism, and its covenant partners.