Christian Formation

Eds: James Estep and Jonathon Kim
B&H, 2010
$41.95 @ Moore Books

Last summer, I read this book in the hopes of learning a little more about Christian education. If you look there now, you’ll see that I didn’t get a whole lot out of it. I noticed this book when I was searching for Driscoll’s Doctrine book, as they became available at the library at the same time.

This book is aimed at integrating educational psych stuff with Christian teaching practice. As such, it does exactly what Perrett and Kang’s book didn’t. The first few chapters aim at giving you a rough outline of the territory you’re entering, and then the rest explores the interactions between ed psych and some sphere of Christian formation.

Some chapters are easier to read than others. Most have diagrams of some sort. Unless you pay a lot of attention or are already trained in this area, you’re not going to be on the same level as Bill Salier anytime soon. It will, hopefully, get you thinking about just how you go about about getting Christian people to grow. It’s giving me some useful frames of reference to help think about the Christian Ed program at Barneys.

This book isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve got the time and you are going to be working in a larger ministry context where you have the luxury of not needing to build the congregation from scratch, or have never thought educational theory might help you in ministry, you might want to have a look at this.

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