Does having a Christian educator on church staff matter anymore? Research says “yes”!

I wholeheartedly agree. I can tell the differences in churches who have someone in this role and those who do not.

Ken Braddy

One of the alarming trends I see in churches today is the downsizing of church staff, which unfortunately often includes the Minister of Education/Christian education director position. While it may seem to make sense to reduce staff by eliminating this time-honored position, is that a truly wise decision? I think not. And I can prove it.

I served two churches for almost 20 years as Minister of Christian Education, and I can point to ways my role contributed to the growth of the Sunday School, and to the spiritual growth of its members and guests. But don’t just take my word for it. What are surveys telling us these days?

Here is something for us to consider from the journal Christian Century, and the results of a survey of churches of all sizes and denominations. The question being asked was, “Does it make a difference whether or not a…

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