The following is a quote I have often used as a point of emphasis concerning the importance of local church educational ministry; specifically, teaching in the local church. Downs writes . . .
Indeed, teaching is a primary ministry of the church, how it does this is only limited by a church's collective creativity. But that is does, that is an absolute.
“Teaching is not an option in the church; rather, it is a biblical imperative to be obeyed. The form of the teaching may vary. Sundays Schools, for example, are not biblically mandated. They are a cultural form established in the last two centuries to fulfill the biblical mandate. How the church teaches is open to a variety of cultural expressions, but that the church teaches is nonnegotiable. The scriptures demand that the church educate its people for spiritual maturity” (p. 29).
3 John 8