Encyclopedia of Christian Education

Southern California is proud to recognize our own VP of Student Services and Institutional Research, Dr. Gino Pasquariello as a contributing author to this seminal 3 volume work on Christian Education.
Christianity regards teaching as one of the most foundational and critically sustaining ministries of the Church. As a result, Christian education remains one of the largest and oldest continuously functioning educational systems in the world, comprising both formal day schools and higher education institutions as well as informal church study groups and parachurch ministries in more than 140 countries. In The Encyclopedia of Christian Education, contributors explore the many facets of Christian education in terms of its impact on curriculum, literacy, teacher training, outcomes, and professional standards. This encyclopedia is the first reference work devoted exclusively to chronicling the unique history of Christian education across the globe, illustrating how Christian educators pioneered such educational institutions and reforms as universal literacy, home schooling, Sunday schools, women’s education, graded schools, compulsory education of the deaf and blind, and kindergarten. The Encyclopedia of Christian Education contains more than 1,200 entries in three volumes covering a vast range of topics from Christian education:

  • History spanning from the church’s founding through the Middle Ages to the modern day
  • Denominational and institutional profiles
  • Intellectual traditions in Christian education
  • Biblical and theological frameworks, curricula, missions, adolescent and higher education, theological training, and Christian pedagogy
  • Biographies of distinguished Christian educators

This work is ideal for scholars of both the history of Christianity and education, as well as researchers and students of contemporary Christianity and modern religious education.


Nothing the Church does is more important than educating in faith – it’s lifeblood. Written and compiled by leading scholars, The Encyclopedia of Christian Education brings together the best wisdom of the ages to enhance the scholarly foundations and pastoral praxis of this vital ministry. It will be an invaluable resource and reference for all Christian educators – scholars and practitioners alike. (Thomas Groome, professor of theology and religious education and chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Boston College; author of Will There Be Faith: A New Vision for Educating Disciples)


The notion of Christian Education has long deserved authoritative treatment as a developed and established body of knowledge, rightly positioned alongside other fields of theology and pedagogy. This Encyclopedia fulfills that crucial function by bringing together leading scholars, writing within a well-considered and clearly organized structure. Kurian and Lamport are to be congratulated on their monumental achievement. (Leslie J Francis, professor of religions and education, University of Warwick, England, and canon theologian, Bangor Cathedral, Wales)


Encyclopedia of Christian Education is one of the most important publications of our time. Covering virtually every aspect of Christian education over 2000 years, this exciting resource is a must have for scholars, practitioners, church leaders, and anyone interested in exploring a myriad of historical and contemporary themes in Christian education.(Yolanda Y. Smith, research scholar and lecturer in Christian education, Yale Divinity School, and author of Reclaiming the Spirituals: New Possibilities for African American Christian Education)


A unique resource, opening up the rich heritage of Christian educational ministries for scholars and practitioners alike. The Encyclopedia of Christian Education is sure to stimulate creative approaches to ministry in our 21st century schools and churches. (Larry Richards, distinguished Christian educator, author of Christian Education: Seeking to be Like Jesus and Creative Bible Teaching)


The Encyclopedia is a landmark – a comprehensive resource and guide for the thought and practice of Christian education in the third millennium. It is worthy to be on the bookshelves of scholars, teachers and students alike who seek to gain wisdom for faithfully teaching the Christian faith and nurturing the spiritual lives of all ages. (Robert W. Pazmiño, Valeria Stone professor of Christian education, Andover Newton Theological School, author of Foundational Issues in Christian Education and A Boy Grows in Brooklyn: An Educational and Spiritual Memoir)


The three-volume Encyclopedia of Christian Education is truly unique in nature and scope. It rehearses the breadth and depth of Christian Education as both practiced and theorized for the service of the global church. Written and compiled by a diverse group of expert practitioners and seasoned teachers in the field, it promises to be an invaluable resource for individuals and institutions that are committed to the formation of God’s people for the service of God’s Kingdom. (S. Steve Kang, professor of Christian education, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

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