Characteristics of Christian Pedagogy
by Doris Kieser and Jim Parsons

To the question: “What is the chief end of man?” Augustine (1997, 1) answered, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” For Augustine, “To enjoy something is to hold fast to it in love for its own sake. To use something is to apply whatever it may be to the purpose of obtaining what you love.” We believe Christian pedagogy should include enjoyment in its focus, while being restorative, hospitable, transformative, and based on edifying classroom relationships and conversations.