“…keep watch over yourselves and to all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock”. Acts 20:28-29
Christian Education is not just instruction but also is the responsibility for the spiritual welfare of students. It has a much broader task than just communicating biblical truth. We believe that Sunday School is a vital part of discipleship.
Ephesians 4:11 says, “It was He who gave some to be pastors and teachers.” Even though the KJV and NIV separated the two words, “pastor” and “teacher,” the Greek language joins them as one function. The pastor is a teacher. Just as a pastor shepherds his flock in more ways than preaching, so a teacher cares for the students in more ways than teaching. Everything the pastor is to his flock, the teacher is to his/her class. The same Greek word (poimen) used for pastor and shepherd suggests their work is similar. Classes are more than content centers, they are to be shepherding centers.
Pastor Steve Rhoads