“Christian Education is the ongoing teaching and training of the whole church to obey Jesus Christ in all our ways, continually becoming more like Him in every area of our lives.”
What is education?
The sociological and cultural view is that education is simply the process by which children are acculturated to the values and lifeways of the culture around them. Those with a humanistic view of Mankind thus often reduce education to mere behavioristic programming, obedience training, or even as a type of culturally-determined propaganda or brainwashing.
For Christians, however, Man is made in the Image of God, with a rational mind made to perceive and communicate, a conscience to know good and evil, and a heart to love. However, we also believe Mankind fell into an estate of Sin and death, so that all we do is tainted with sin, from birth onwards, tending constantly to rebellion. In the Gospel, however, we are born again, given a New Heart, and our minds and wills are renewed. We are then constantly growing in the image of Jesus Christ.
Thus, education from a Christian viewpoint is to recognize the Hand of our Creator in all things, taking joy in his marvelous wisdom and design in Creation. We are thinking God's thoughts after him, and we are made by our Creator to create and discover this marvelous, immense, and intricate universe, using it as stewards for the good purposes for which it is given.
Further, Christian Education (an education that is specifically Christian) will be focused on the Gospel transformation of all students, challenging them to know God personally and to live all of life in thankfulness to our Creator and Savior, living "Coram Deo" -- living consciously before the Face of God.
CE thus involves training in these areas:
Ongoing teaching of all Jesus commanded
Mobilization of the whole church: for every age and social group
For a more detailed statement, see the ERSU Philosophy of Christian Education, approved by the ERSU Board in fall of 2015:
[from ERSU Board Proposal on Christian Education; See Full Proposal]