Educating Christians

The Intersection of Meaning, Learning, and Vocation

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Educating Christians
Paperback ISBN: 9780687096275
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Published December 1993

In this introductory treatment of Christian education, the authors assume that "religious education begins with the basic human need to make meaning.  The church and its education fail when they do not take into account people's life experiences and their search for faithfulness."  Teachers and pastors learn first to understand how their own meanings have been shaped, then to name and clarify how religious meaning is transmitted and transformed through personal experience.  Several personal and congregational "stories" are woven throughout the text to help the reader better understand how meaning, learning, and vocation converge as Christians grow in faith and understanding.

Readers are encouraged to apply new insights to their own lives through activities that are suggested throughout the text.  A Key Concept Index provides easy access to primary terms and ideas.

About the Authors

Margaret Ann Crain

Dr. Margaret Ann Crain has received critical acclaim and national recognition for her ecumenical leadership in Christian Education. She served churches as a Christian educator in Missouri and North Georgia for 20 years before joining the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical in 1998, where she created a center for training, supporting, and nurturing Deacons within the United Methodist Church. Margaret Ann was ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the Northern Illinois Conference. She is the co-author of A Deacon's Heart: The New United Methodist Diaconate and author of Yearning for God: Reflections of Faithful Lives, Educating Christians: The Intersection of Meaning, Learning and Vocation, and The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion and Justice, as well as numerous articles. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

Jack L. Seymour

Jack L. Seymour is Professor of Religious Education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and Editor of Religious Education.