Church Education

The field of Church Education addresses educational parish work with children and young people, adults and families. It integrates Church and non-Church informal, non-formal and formal educational offers into a unitary perspective in its concept of Bildung im Lebenslauf (education accompanying life):

Lernwelten und Bildungsorte der Gemeindepädagogik (German)

The "Handbuch Arbeit mit Kindern. Evangelische Perspektiven" (Protestant Perspectives on Working with Children) reflects the variety and breadth of ways in which the Protestant Church addresses children. Its analysis of childhood combines sociological, educational and theological perspectives and it identifies challenges and prospects for the future:

Handbuch Arbeit mit Kindern (German information)

The nexus between the parish and the school is of particular importance in this field. The Schnittstelle Schule ("Nexus School") series looks into various aspects of this such as pastoral care in schools:

Evangelische Schulseelsorge (German)

or Protestant educational effort throughout the community:

Evangelisches Bildungshandeln im Gemeinwesen (German)

A further issue to be addressed is the professional competences required of educational staff in the parish. What demands does their work make of them, how are they trained, and what employment conditions does the Church have to meet to ensure sustainable quality?

International research on confirmation work:

Confirmation work is one of the most important educational efforts in many Protestant churches in different countries. The question whether this work is successful and how it could be improved is of great interest for the churches.

An international study aims at researching confirmation training in different countries with similar questionnaires. The results will help to optimize the conceptual developments in confirmation training in the future.

The international comparative study is currently conducted in seven European countries:

  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

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