Why this book?
The Pedagogy of Faith: Essays on Lutheran Education offers a one-of-a-kind gift to the Lutheran teaching community in the twenty-first century. This book is ideal for education students in the classroom as well as for the professional development of educators who are already in the field.
As a Lutheran educator, your vocation is an exhilarating mix of steady theology and shifting cultural trends. Talk about an age-old challenge! Each new generation of Lutheran educators creatively confronts the collision of God’s Word with a changing world. This isn’t an easy task, but it matters to the Church eternally.
Immerse yourself in the varied voices and experiences of 30 authors, who collectively represent hundreds of years of teaching in settings from the rural Midwest to the far corners of the world.
Essays in The Pedagogy of Faith are gathered into three sections:
Dr. Bernard Bull, known throughout the LCMS as a faithful, creative, and innovative educator, has struck gold with this new collection of essays. The Pedagogy of Faith will push, pull, and challenge even the best Lutheran educators. Here is something for everyone. Anchored in the faith once delivered and our desire to raise children in the Gospel, the authors challenge us to deliver the best quality education in an ever-changing world. The task demands our constant attention and continued learning. This little gem should find itself on the desk of every teacher and administrator in the LCMS. It should be read, digested, and discussed by every teacher who desires to remain engaged in the hard work of educating the next generation.
The intricacies of Lutheran education in the twenty-first century exceed basic pedagogy and a clear confession of Lutheran doctrine. This volume delivers a multilayered treatment, which encompasses the wide spectrum of these educational, cultural, and theological complexities. The individual articles are crafted by a comprehensive cadre of subject-matter experts in a manner that is of benefit for every Lutheran educator, from the novice student of education to the master teacher. The Pedagogy of Faith is an indispensable resource for everyone involved in Lutheran education whether in the classroom, the home, or the parish.
As I read the essays, they resonated with my own personal ministry journey through the years. They connected with the teaching that I have done, but more importantly now for me, with the mentoring and teaching of young people on their journey in preparing to become teachers and directors of Christian education in our schools and churches today. I was continually asking myself, “How can I use this wealth of knowledge and perspective as I lead young people in preparation for their chosen vocation?” The essays provide an opportunity to get into the lives of veteran teachers and leaders in the church and then reflect on their journeys and how that can impact your journey. I look forward to the opportunity of using this resource as I work with young people preparing to serve our church and our world.
Meet the Editor
Bernard D. Bull (MA, Concordia University Chicago; MLS, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; EdD, Northern Illinois University) is assistant vice-president of academics and associate professor of education at Concordia University Wisconsin. He has over twenty years of experience in Lutheran education, ranging from middle school to graduate school.
Dr. Bull is a frequent consultant and speaker on topics related to educational innovation, the intersection of education and digital culture, the future of education, and Lutheran education in the twenty-first century.