Educational Ministry of a Church, Second Edition
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Educational Ministry of a Church, Second Edition  -     Edited By: J. Jonathan Kim, Charles A. Tidwell

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Welcome to Christian Education 101! From historical techniques to groundbreaking new approaches, this freshly updated and expanded resource is your introduction to the congregation's educational ministry. Here is all you need to know about human nature, leadership roles, discipling, recreation, organizing, recruiting, and training in a 21st-century church environment. 336 pages, softcover from B&H.

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Title: Educational Ministry of a Church, Second Edition
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 0.63 (inches)
Weight: 16 ounces
ISBN: 1462745601
ISBN-13: 9781462745609
Stock No: WW745606

Publisher's Description

The Educational Ministry of the Church, 2nd Edition is a treasure-trove of resources for those involved in Christian education within the context of the local church. This second edition, edited by J. Jonathan Kim, updates Charles A. Tidwell’s milestone contribution to the field of Christian education, summarizing changes in the field since its last edit in 1996 and introducing the next generation of church leaders to various methods of educational administration.

Author Bio

J. Jonathan Kim is associate dean of the College of Christian Faith and professor of Christian education at Dallas Baptist University.

Editorial Reviews

"All of us who lead and serve today are standing on the shoulders of professors like Dr. Charles Tidwell, Dr. Alva Parks, and Dr. Jim Williams. Jonathan Kim is to be commended for utilizing this strong foundation and building upon it to create this excellent volume which will be of great benefit to both university and seminary students as well as church educational leaders. The writers of the various chapters are widely respected as leaders in church educational ministry. My prayer is that the Lord will use this book mightily to equip the church leaders to effectively share the good news with the world that is in desperate need of Jesus." 
—Gary Cook, chancellor, Dallas Baptist University
"Congratulations are in order for Jonathan Kim and the multiple contributors to this fine volume for their excellent reshaping and timely updating of Charles Tidwell’s well-known work on the ministry of Christian education. Providing a comprehensive overview of the various facets of the work of Christian education and leadership, Kim’s revision offers informative and helpful guidance for students, educators, and practitioners. The Educational Ministry of a Church will serve as a valuable tool to strengthen church ministries and programs while providing enablement for those who lead and serve in these key areas. It is a privilege to recommend this thoughtful and well-designed resource."
—David S. Dockery, theologian-in-residence, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and president, International Alliance for Christian Education
"It is exciting to see a new generation of Christian educators helping the church to disciple believers. Building off the contributions of Charles Tidwell, the writers bring fresh practical application of time-tested principles. Every church leader charged with helping others grow spiritually will want to avail themselves of this valuable resource."
—Daryl Eldridge, president and cofounder, Rockbridge Seminary
"There are many vital ministries of a local church to be sure, among them is preaching, worship, fellowship, etc. However, the teaching of God’s Word in and through the local church setting cannot be emphasized enough. Thank you to Jonathan Kim for compiling such a splendid review and challenge to church educators. The disciple of Jesus Christ has been instructed, in Matthew 28, to ’teach’ and this book is a positive step in continuing this biblical priority."
—David Hardage, executive director, Baptist General Convention of Texas
"I am excited to see the kingdom impact of this book. Now, more than ever, the need for a strong educational ministry in our churches is paramount. I have the upmost respect for Dr. Kim and Dr. Tidwell and their commitment to preparing God’s people to serve his children." 
—Cory Hines, president, Howard Payne University
"The decline of educational ministry programs in local churches parallels the rise of biblical illiteracy among Christians. This must be reversed! This outstanding guidebook charts a path forward. The church must reclaim its role as providing comprehensive biblical and ministerial training for believers. As a seminary leader, it is my conviction the church is still the primary teaching site facilitating Christian discipleship. This book is an important tool to help church leaders fulfill this part of their mission."
—Jeff Iorg, president, Gateway Seminary

"This second edition of The Educational Ministry of the Church covers a broad scope of relevant topics, offering helpful biblical perspectives and practical guidance for both new and veteran church leaders. Following the original 4-part outline developed by Charles Tidwell in the 1986 and 1996 editions, a team of thirteen experienced Southern Baptist professor/pastors guide readers through foundational matters (1: Necessity), a range of educational ministries (2: Basic Components), a focus on the people component of ministry (3: Leadership Personnel), and finally a focus on the task component (4: How Leaders Lead). I appreciated the emphasis on biblical teaching throughout the volume, and the hands-on wisdom resulting from the authors’ years of personal educational ministry engagement."
—Klaus Issler, professor of educational studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
 "As a local church pastor, I give many thanks to Jonathan Kim for bringing such a strong and insightful team of Christian educators together in this volume. Education and nurturing is one of the most essential functions of a church, which has been quite neglected in the most recent decades. As a result, biblical illiteracy is rampant and discipleship has suffered greatly. I hope and pray The Educational Ministry of a Church will be used in a mighty way by God to motivate many church leaders to re-focus on Christian education."
—Robert Jeffress, senior pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
"I am grateful that The Educational Ministry of a Church is being printed in a second edition. It will be a very helpful tool to be used by teachers and students. I used the first edition as a text book while teaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and at Dallas Baptist University. Jonathan Kim is to be congratulated for working with Dr. Charles Tidwell, who is an outstanding educator, to make this edition available to students and educators."
—Alva G. Parks, former executive vice president, Dallas Baptist University
"Jonathan Kim, et al. have launched an urgent clarion call to Baptist churches with their much needed, and long awaited, revised edition of TheEducational Ministry of the Church. It is an appeal to re-energize and revitalize an educational ministry focused on addressing the urgent needs of a postmodern world through all the functions of the church that are resident in Jesus’s mandate to ’teach everything that I have commanded you.’ Without abandoning the traditional educational programs that already address these functions, they advocate an ever-expanding environment in the community of faith that will intensify not only the making of ’disciples’ but also the making of ’disciple-makers.’"
—Budd Smith, distinguished senior fellow, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute
"As the church seeks to be a relevant voice within twenty-first century culture, this timely volume reiterates the importance of an educated laity. As biblical illiteracy rates increase, the need for an informed laity is severe. The call for deliberate efforts of the church is welcomed."
—Eric A. Turner, president, Southwest Baptist University

Author/Artist Review

Author: J. Jonathan Kim
Located in: Dallas, Texas
Submitted: May 23, 2020

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am Professor of Christian Education and Associate Dean of the Mary C. Crowley of Christian Faith at Dallas Baptist University, which provides Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.I serve as president of Jura International, a nonprofit organization to grow servant leaders for Asia. I graduated from Southwest Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I served on faculty and staff at Southwestern Seminary, and attend New Song Church in Carrollton, Texas.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Due to a variety of changes in churches and society, the title of the minister of education has become diversified. However, the basic facts associated with the nomenclature remain the same. The why, what, who, and how of the educational ministry of a church remain basically the same. Still, I felt it was necessary to produce an up-to-date version of The Education Ministry of a Church, which was first written by Charles A. Tidwell in 1982, because a number of facts and data have changed.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope people will gain an understand of the following four areas: 1. The necessity of Christian education (Part 1). The Bible exemplifies and commands it. History affirms it. The needs of persons require it. And the conditions and trends of our world demands it. 2. The basic components of Christian education (Part 2): Bible teaching and learning; discipleship training; mission education and action; music education and performance; and ministries of enrichment and support. 3. The leadership personnel of Christian education (Part 3): the pastor, the minister of education, other staff leaders, and volunteer leaders. 4. How leaders lead in Christian education: planning and organizing to meet needs; discovering, recruiting, and training workers; providing resources; and implementing and evaluating.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I enjoyed working with the highly qualified writers who have participated in the project. I am appreciative of their expert contributions. All of them are Southern Baptist seminary trained in Christian education and have made practical contributions to the field as professors, pastors, and/or ministers of education: Don Ashley, Jeter Basden, Eric Black, Robert DeVargas, Duke Jones, Shelly Melia, Steve Mullen, Walter Norvell, Doug Powell, Josh Rose, Brent Thomason, Rusty Wheelington, and Cheri Wyman.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Dr. Gary Cook has been a big brother to me for twenty-five years by giving me opportunities to serve and being a role model for me. I am looking forward to many more years of learning from him. Dr. Budd Smith has been a Barnabas to me since my days in seminary in the 1980s. His encouragement strengthened me time and time again. I cherish the unwavering friendship that he has showered on me for more than three decades. I am very grateful for Dr. Tidwell who not only wrote the book but also taught me at Southwestern Seminary. I owe him much of my knowledge in the educational ministry of a church. I had to go back again and again to what I have learned from him, when serving as minister of education at Berendo Street Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California, in the early 1990s and when teaching Christian education since 1995 at Southwestern Seminary and Dallas Baptist University.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  The partners of Jura International have played a vital role in this project. Their desire is for more books like this will be published to help train many workers for the body of Christ wherever they may serve, especially in Asia. The Jura partners prayerful support will not be forgotten.

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