Secular education seeks to make better, more effective, more successful, more intelligent people. The Christian educator aspires to nothing less than the transformation of a believer into the image of Christ.
As a teenager I was offered a scholarship to Northwestern University as a premed student. I am fascinated by the human body and love to watch surgery. But one year before going there the Lord impressed upon me: I could work on the body, which ultimately would deteriorate and die, or I could work on the soul, which will last forever.
I chose to be a physician of the soul. I gave up the scholarship and went to Wheaton College to prepare for ministry. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, for I've become convinced that Christian education, my field of ministry, is one of the highest of all callings.
I've also become convinced that pastors and Christian educators need to keep reminding themselves of the unique role of Christian education.
All around us we see ...1