Concordia Theological Monthly

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objectives, parish education, christian, congregation, elementary, sunday school

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Every religious educator, whether he be pastor, teacher, or Sunday school superintendent, must be aware of and have ID understanding of the objectives of his parish program of education. Leaders of the Church must have before them specific goals which describe in concrete terms what they are trying to effect through their program of parish education. Several considerations prompt one to make such a broad statement. To begin with, there is a tendency for every one of us to become involved in an agency or an organization to such an extent that it becomes an end rather than a means for reaching our goal, and as a result we become completely absorbed in the administration, in particular methods, or in the number of persons involved. The formulation of objectives should take our mind off the methods and the means and direct our attention to the ultimate changes looked for in the lives of the persons under our spiritual care.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 3:15; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:16; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 2:21; 1 John 3:7 ff;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars