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Mid-America Christian University


                       Mid-America Christian University
                    PMIN 1203 – Christian Education Ministries
                                  Spring 2007
                            T/TH : 8:00-9:15, CP 102

INSTRUCTOR: Steve Seaton. MACU phone ext. 134. E-mail: sseaton

     Anthony, Michael J. Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the
     Twenty-First Century. Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Books, 2001.

          This course is an overview of what Christian Education is and how it is
          accomplished. It will include the study of biblical and historical
          foundations, materials and methods, and administration of the education
          ministry of the church.

   To become familiar with biblical teaching and mandates of education in the
    context of the church.
   To become familiar with the major movements and developments that have
    effected Christian education throughout the history of the church.
   To be able to recognize Christian Education as a historical and contemporary tool
    through which Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) may be
   To understand the administration and interrelatedness of the various education
    ministries of the church.
   To draw upon the best of tradition, history, and modern research to be able to plan
    and coordinate an effective ministry of education in a local church.

         Appropriate grasp of this subject requires active participation in all class
         sessions. Absolutely necessary absences will be evaluated in keeping with
         the guidelines of the MACU catalog. The instructor must be informed of
         all excused absences, in writing, at least one class session prior to the
         absence in question. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each
         class session. Tardy students will be responsible for informing the
         instructor at the end of the class period in question, otherwise the student
         will be considered absent. Three tardy arrivals may be considered as an

(The following section is copied from the MACU Academic Catalog, revised Fall 2005)

The following process is to be used in relation to applying the university’s absence

   1)      A list of students who are scheduled to miss any class or classes is to be e-
           mailed to faculty members teaching the affected classes.
           a. The e-mail list should be created by the initiating department and be
               submitted no later than seven (7) days in advance of the absence in order
               to allow for tests to be taken early if the instructor requires tests to be
               taken early.
           b. It is acceptable for initiating departments to send lists of students to
               faculty members earlier than seven days prior to absences. Since some
               instructors may require work to be turned in prior to the planned absence
               or may require tests to be taken prior to the planned absence, initiating
               departments should inform their students to make contact with their
               instructors no later than seven (7) days in advance of the planned absence
               to accommodate such requirements.

   2)      Any work assigned or quiz/test given while the student is absent may be made
           up upon the student’s return. It is the student’s responsibility to check with
           the instructor the very next class period after the scheduled absence.

   3)      If any list of students planning to be absent for a college related event includes
           any student or students with grade or other academic issues, the instructor of
           that class or classes is requested to inform the department initiating the
           absence request of these issues. Such information will aid the initiating
           department and the student in the decision-making process.

   4)      Please be advised that student grades cannot be affected simply because a
           student is participating in some college approved extracurricular activity.
           a. Faculty may or may not choose to allow perfect attendance incentives to
               be impacted by the absence but students cannot be required to do extra
               work simply because the student is absent for a college related activity.
           b. No points can be deducted from a student’s potential class grade due to
               absences for college related absences.

Note: The intent of item # 3 is to communicate that college students have among their
rights and responsibilities, the responsibility to make decisions regarding class
attendance, i.e., faculty cannot make this decision for them.

Students are required to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. (See the Student
Handbook for regulations on Chapel attendance.) The student will gain better mastery of

a subject if he/she is able to attend all of the class sessions and participate in the
interaction with instructor and students. Realizing, however, that occasionally it may be
necessary for a student to be absent from a class, a student is allowed ONE absence for
each time per week the class meets. Upon missing additional class sessions, the student
may have his/her grade lowered unless the absences are due to university related
activities. The maximum number of absences for ALL causes is three absences for each
time per week the class meets. One additional absence will cause an "F" grade to be
recorded for the course unless the student officially drops the course within the time
limits prescribed. The last day for dropping a class in any semester is two (2) weeks
prior to the last day of classroom instruction. ENGL 1003, 1013, 1103, 1203 and may
not be dropped.

If the student feels that there are legitimate, extenuating circumstances beyond his/her
control for some or all of the absences, the student may appeal in writing through the
Registrar to the Academic Appeals Committee to have the absences "reviewed."

1.   It is the student's responsibility to keep track of his/her absences.

2.   If the student chooses to appeal excessive absences, he/she shall do so within 14
     days after the date of the first absence that causes his/her failure of the course.

3.   "The burden of proof" for absence appeals will require verifiable documentation.

4.   The student is responsible for all work missed and all assignments made in his/her

Each instructor has the right to refuse to allow a student to be absent from his/her class
for college-related activities if such absences, in the instructor's opinion, are affecting the
student's grade for that class.

             Students are expected to participate in all class sessions. Students
                observed sleeping in class, reading other materials, etc. will be considered
                absent for the day (see above attendance policy).
             The use of cellular phones, pagers, and other communication devices
                during class is strictly prohibited. The use of these devices observed
                during the class session will result in the student being considered absent
                for the session.
             The use of communication devices (see above) during an examination will
                result in the grade of “0” for the exam.
All assignments will be submitted on the date assigned, unless arranged in advance with
the instructor.

    A variety of tools will be used in order to evaluate the student’s grasp of the
    course material:
        Periodic exams over information found in the assigned readings, class
           lectures, and classroom discussion. This will include a mid-term and a
           non-comprehensive final exam. Quizzes may also be used to periodically
           check on student reading and progress.
        The writing of four (4) chapter summaries as assigned by the instructor.
           These will be typed, double-spaced, two to three pages in length, with an
           appropriate title page. They will consist of an abbreviated presentation of
           the salient points of the chapter, followed by a brief evaluation. The
           student is required to report on the chapters denoted with an asterisk (*) in
           the syllabus.
        The student will be expected to conduct two (2) interviews during the
           course of the semester:
               1. Interview a Christian Education Minister or director in an
                   evangelical church. The interview will cover the ministry’s
                   mission statement, organizational plan, and the minister’s own
                   philosophy of education ministry. Following the interview, the
                   student will submit a detailed report of the interview, using the
                   attached template. Other materials (brochures, etc.) gleaned from
                   the interview may enhance the grade of the interview.
               2. Interview a minister or director of a graded (children or youth),
                   single adult, or other specialized education ministry. Follow the
                   same format as above.
        Participation in two group discussion and presentation projects. Each
           student is required to be present in class on these days, to participate in the
           brainstorming process, and to effectively execute his/her portion of the
           class presentation.
        Class participation will be considered in your final grade. Preparedness for
           each class session will depend upon your timely reading of assigned
           materials. Participation in class discussions without proper preparation
           will be discouraged, in the interest of a more informed educational
           experience. Obvious habitual lack of preparation, or lack of proper
           classroom decorum may reflect negatively on the student’s final grade, at
           the instructor’s discretion.

     Letter grades will follow the percentages prescribed in the MACU catalog:
             Mid-Term Exam – 10%
             Final Exam – 10 %
             Written Chapter Summaries - 40%
             Interviews - 20%
             Group Projects – 20%

All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date due. No work may be
accepted after the date due. This will be considered a no tolerance policy.

                   Schedule of Activities – PMIN 1203
                                     Spring 2007
Tues.   Jan 9     Course Introduction and Orientation
Thurs. Jan 11     Unit 1 - Christian Education Foundations
                  Historical Foundations (Chapter 1)
Tues.   Jan 16    Theological and Philosophical Foundations (Chapters 2 & 3)
Thurs. Jan 18     Cultural Diversity (Chapter 4)
Tues.   Jan 23    Evangelism and Discipleship (Chapter 5)
Thurs   Jan 25    Unit 2 – Developmental Issues
                  Developmental Tasks (Chapter 6)
Tues.   Jan 30    Moral Development (Chapter 7)
Thurs. Feb 1
                  * Faith Development (Chapter 8)

Tues.   Feb 6     *Spiritual Formation (Chapter 9)
Thurs. Feb 8      Unit 3 – The Teaching Process
                  Learning Theory (Chapter 10)
Tues.   Feb 13    Group Project #1
Thurs. Feb 15     *The Master Teacher (Chapter 11)
Tues.   Feb 20    The Role of the Holy Spirit (Chapter 13)
Thurs. Feb 22     Learning Styles (Chapter 14)
Tues.   Feb 27    Creative Methods (Chapter 15)
Thurs. Mar 1
                  Group Project #2

Tues.   Mar 6     Mid-Term Exam
Thurs. Mar 8
                  Unit 4 – Educational Leadership

                  Organizational Models (Chapter 16)
Tues.   Mar 13    Recruiting and Motivating Volunteers (Chapter 18)
Thurs. Mar 15     The Small Group Factor (Chapter 19)
March 19 – 23     Spring Break

Tues.   Mar 27    Legal and Ethical Issues (Chapter 20)      Interview #1 Paper Due
Thurs. Mar 29     Unit 5 – Family Education
                  *Family Life (Chapter 21)
Tues.   Apr 3     Discipling Children (Chapter 22)
Thurs. Apr 5      Discipling Teenagers (Chapter 23)
Tues.   Apr 10
                  Education of Adults (Chapters 24 and 25)

Thurs. Apr 12     Unit 6 – Specialized Ministries
                  Single Adult Discipleship (Chapter 27)     Interview #2 Paper Due
Tues.   Apr 17    Recovery Ministries (Chapters 26 and 29)
Thurs. Apr 19     Parachurch Ministries (Chapter 31)
Tues.   Apr 24    Wrap up and Review
Thurs. Apr 26     Wrap up and Review

Final: Tuesday May 1, 8:00 AM

                 -All reading assignments reflect chapters from Anthony,
                            the primary textbook for this class-

This syllabus serves as a guide. To facilitate class needs as they arise,
the professor reserves the right to make changes throughout the
semester. The student who is absent is responsible for finding out
what, if any, changes may have been made to assignments, etc., either
through peers or by contacting the professor.


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