Over the last couple weeks we have started talking about Christian Education as well as some of the problems in our current way of doing things. In this weeks post I would like to delve into some of the things we can do to curve the problems around. Right at the start I want to be clear, that there is no such thing as a silver bullet in Christian or any education system for that matter, they all have their flaws. There have been problems in past systems, there will be problems in future systems.
I should also point out that none of these ideas came out of thin air. I read books and watched what others were doing. Many of these are already being done.
The first thing that needs to be addressed is the home. It is one thing to tell parents they need to do more, it is another to give them ways to do it. I would suggest getting a class going to help parents. If you have enough volunteers maybe even train someone up in your church to be able to listen to families and some of the struggles they are going through, but get ready, we live in a messy world. In terms of having a class for the parents, there are now days about a million different things you can use, I would suggest using something called Faith Legacy by Kids Kount publishing. They separate things out by age and give you a bunch of material. On top of that, most of it is free, it cost money only if you want the physical item, the digital stuff is free on their site. (www.kidskountpublishing.com)
The second thing that needs to be addressed is Sunday School. Now Sunday School is something that can be challenging to adjust in any regard. It is something that has been done for so long that to suggest any change can be met with a lot of resistance. I would suggest starting with simple things. Add some devotional books the students can take home and either share with the family, or the parents can read them to their children. Create times when the parents can join certain classes. Perhaps even put some studies online so that they can do some of the Sunday School lessons at home.
The important aspect of all of this is that the students and parents begin to expand their faith life beyond the walls of church and into the realm of the home, into the realm of all of their life instead of just part.
In the future I may make other suggestions and detail them out. These are simple things that can be done to really begin to help to address the issues at hand.