The Supreme Court of the United States has within recent years rendered decisions that have no doubt contributed to a growing secularism in our country. To say that the Church must double her educational efforts and become a bulwark against secular forces is but to declare what is already known. The handwriting on the wall can be read by each member of the Church: a sound, comprehensive educational effort must become a part of every church program if the Church is to meet the needs of her people.
Although the public schools have manifested some degree of interest in character training (see Moral and Spiritual Values in the Public Schools, National Education Association, 1951), this has been nominal at most. After the home, it is the churches that must carry the primary obligation to train youth in moral values and develop the spiritual dimension of their personalities. Thorough Christian instruction has now become so urgently needed that the Protestant church must consider new techniques for laying a moral and spiritual foundation for both her youth and her adults. For years, Roman Catholic churches and Jewish synagogues have provided for their people, and particularly for their youth, just such programs, and with relatively good success. It is now time for those churches that claim the Protestant heritage to expand their educational programs far beyond their present offerings.
Despite past criticism of education in the Church—criticism aimed at ineffective teaching, inadequate facilities, poor curricula, and weak administration—increasing numbers of people have been reached for Christ. History will show that the educational arm of the Church has been a powerful instrument for building and strengthening the “household of faith.” ...1
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