Current Thoughts on Christian Education
by Fr. Rodney Torbic
- A formal Christian education program has a place in every parish. Learning and growth are life-long pursuits of the active and serious Orthodox Christian.
- Parish programs must directed at all age groups. Educational classes enhance the growth of the parish and make it stronger.
- The church building and grounds were set aside specifically for the purposes of the Church. All that is done on the grounds and the church building should be consistent with the service of consecration.
- A dominant mind-set needs to exist in the parish regarding the importance of Christian education classes.
- Space must be set aside for Christian education, not to be disturbed or violated.
- Quietness needs to prevail when classes are in session.
- Parish schedules of other activities should not conflict with, restrict, or reduce the effectiveness of Christian education classes.
- Christian education classes cannot and do not replace the Divine Liturgy and other services in the liturgical life of the Church.
- Christian learning does not only take place in Christian education classes. Christian education classes offer the opportunity for organized learning and actually help make more effective learning outside the classroom.
- Teachers must be committed, active, knowledgeable, practicing Orthodox Christians with an interest in growth and continued learning.
- Material used in the classrooms, lessons taught and practices encouraged should be consistent with and promote the growth of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
- Classroom time is limited. Time must be used wisely. We do not get back time that is wasted.
- Parish Christian education is a serious undertaking to be treated with great care and thoughtfulness. The appropriation of a parish's time and resources will reflect the degree of seriousness existing.
- The parish priest consistent with the Archpastoral Blessings of the Diocesan Bishop oversees, directs and participates in the parish Christian education program.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. (Mt. 5:6)