Principles and Practices of Christian Education shows teachers how they can use two important principles that stand behind all evangelical practices to make their education program stand out from all the others in its nurture of students.
First, evangelical Christian education recognizes the need for conversion-personal and corporate transformation that reconnects people to their Creator. Second, evangelical Christian education strives for connection-making contact with people as unique individuals who live in a particular society and who need to know more about scripture.
In this book Christian education students learn that the work for which they prepare is a partnership with God to transform people. Their central task is worship, but through it and other activities they lead others to faith, commitment, and transformation of communities.
Robert W. Pazmino
Robert W. Pazmino (Bob) originally from Brooklyn, NY is Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education at Andover Newton Theological School where he has taught since 1986. He has also taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological seminary for five years and other theological schools across the country and abroad. He is the author of several books, including Latin American Journey: Insights for Christian Education in North America (1994), Basics of Teaching for Christians (1998), God Our Teacher (2001), So What Makes Our Teaching Christian? (2008), and Doing Theological Research (2009). A third edition of his widely used text Foundational Issues in Christian Education was published in 2008. His educational and spiritual memoir A Boy Grows in Brooklyn was published in 2014. He holds an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University in cooperation with Union Seminary. He is ordained in the American Baptist Churches and serves as a national consultant for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Bob is married to Wanda R. Pazmino who served as a home-school liaison for the Newton Public Schools and they have two children and two grandchildren who live nearby in Newton.