Planning sustainable educational ministries, and selecting the curricula and tools to support your vision, requires churches to consider context. What educational plans and tools are helpful when school is year-round, with breaks every six to eight weeks, instead of only the summer months?
Creating a vision for educational ministries
An excellent process for evaluating and visioning educational ministry is explored in Embracing the Future: A Guide for Reshaping Your Church's Teaching Ministry, edited by Linda R. Isham through Judson Press. Although printed in 1999, the biblical discernment and reproducible tools in this resource remain relevant. This classic may be available for check-out at your presbytery resource center or in your church library, as well as at online retailers.
Your church may be starting a ministry from scratch and discovering the basics of organization. Thanks to the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, Witherspoon Press, and the authors of Help! We Need to Organize the Education Program, chapters of the out-of-print text are available for download.
Instead of building programs, churches are seeking ways to encounter God across generations in all settings. This makes ongoing evaluation of when and how learning takes place even more important. Get a list of books and tools for evaluating educational ministry.