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CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES IN EDUCATION

Dr. A. C. Lal Kumar

The practice of Christian higher education has respected these different forms. Three types of Christian higher education exist on the continent: church-controlled higher learning of theological institutions: church- funded colleges and universities of higher learning: and finally Christian-perspective liberal Arts colleges. The importance of the Christian based education of previous generations needs to be underlined and brought to the attention of the church because the utmost importance of this issue was overlooked for too long. The first major threat facing Christian higher education is the "anti-intellectualism" in the churches today. Most of the leaders in churches do not see the need for higher education. A common misunderstanding circulates among church members that to carry on pastoral duties, there is no need for further studies. There is even a saying in my country that "Higher theological learning does not produce a good pastor; it is rather the Holy Spirit on the field'. According to ACE philosophy there are five basic needs which all pupils have and which have to be addressed in education: A spiritual need, a need for approval, understanding, appreciation from others .and a need to feel important. Furthermore ACE sets out seven training objectives for pupils: Self-discovery, self-acceptance, self-confidence, problem-solving (learning to deal with problems as they arise) / making and keeping friend, achievement and success. This education covered the three classical divisions of education – primary, Secondary and tertiary. This third level is at stake today. The governments inheriting the schools created by Christian missionaries are faced with many challenges. Christian higher education is the hope for the virile integrate faith and learning in every aspect.

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