Which brings me to this question: Donald Miller (I realize you aren’t reading this, but I hope some of your fans are, and through the modern semi-miracle of social media maybe you will get this question), what would you like to see from Christian education? Give us specifics. How can we help graduate more students?

Graduates in Action

As I walked to Whole Foods Market for dinner after the conference was over, I was struck by the sight of a grandmotherly homeless woman. As I passed by and gave her a few dollars, two ladies I recognized from the conference approached her. These women spoke with her gently, and introduced themselves as caring friends. I didn't stay to hear the entire conversation, but I was moved to think that these two women had found a place where their passions intersected with a real need just an hour after the conference.

And so, it appears that the Christian community has at least two graduates. Now that I really think about it, maybe Donald Miller doesn’t actually dislike Christian educators (those who challenge their students to grow into maturity). Instead, maybe he dislikes Christian baby-sitters (who entertain their charges and simply keep them safe).

Stanley J. Ward is the Director of Campus Life and Ministry at The Brook Hill School in Bullard, TX. He is also the author of Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends.

Publication date: June 22, 2011