Many of you may already be aware of Dan Dick’s re-publication of Stupid Christian Education. However, if you have not seen or read this piece, you really should. The post summarizes the results of surveys relating to Christian education in UM congregations.
Dick’s post is not an easy read, nor is it good news. Generally speaking, we are doing far too poor of a job with educating and forming Christians. If the mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, based on these results it would seem that we are frequently failing to make disciples.
A few further questions I had as I read this: How does this relate to the way we do theological (seminary) education as UMs? Is there any correlation between poor local church Christian education and the way that we approach seminary education? What do you think?