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Faculty Thoughts: Christian Education – Dr. William Cox

It is my good pleasure to share with you my philosophy of Christian education. This philosophy is reflected in the three programs I founded and direct in the School of Education at Regent University. Those programs are the master’s degree program in Christian School Administration, The Christian School Concentration in the Curriculum and Instruction master’s degree program, and the Christian Education Leadership doctoral program.

For me, any educational program that carries the name of Jesus Christ should reflect Him. A, if not the, major purpose of Christian education should accordingly be about equipping disciples to make disciples just as He commanded in the Great Commission. Obviously, academic competence is a crucial part of living this temporal life; in fact, the biblical rationale for this endeavor goes all the way back to God’s message to Adam and Eve. Even so, Jesus put a higher emphasis on equipping for the eternal. To me, that makes dominion mandate activities such as academics a carrier or vehicle for the Two Greatest Commandments and The Great Commission. This philosophy of Christian education that equips for “citizenship” in God’s Holy Nation is further reinforced Biblically by the fact that this temporal existence will eventually experience a fiery destruction akin to that of the great flood. This likewise makes eternal matters a very high priority for Christian education. As stated in 1 Corinthians, all temporal expertise pales in comparison to living from a divine love perspective. That is why the motto of these programs is “The heart of education is the education of the heart.”

God bless,

William F. Cox, Jr., PhD

To learn more about the Christian School programs at Regent University, please visit:   http://www.regent.edu/acad/schedu/graduate-programs/

To learn more about Dr. Cox, please visit his faculty page at:  http://www.regent.edu/acad/schedu/faculty_staff/cox.cfm

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