Against the Tide: Reclaiming Authentic Christian Education

by Carl Herbster, Randy Hurst

Genres: Ministry, Reference

ISBN: 9781935507789

268 pages

Price: $12.99

Young people are surrounded by media militantly attacking biblical virtue and values. The goal of Christian education is still to “present every man perfect in Christ,” but postmodernism declares that there is no one right way to live. In the midst of this conflict, many Christian school leaders are surrendering, lowering their expectations in order to bring in more students, tolerating an atmosphere which works against the basic purpose for which the schools were founded. Against the Tide calls the Christian education movement back to its mission. The ideas offered in this book are thoroughly practical. The authors have effectively implemented these principles in their Christian schools. More important, these ideas are thoroughly biblical in their understanding of the role of Christian education and, in particular, of the Christian school, in helping parents to develop Christlike character in young people.


Randy Hurst ministered in Christian education for 24 years. He was a teacher and coach for several years before spending 20 years in school leadership. He also served as the national field representative for the American Association of Christian Schools for several years, visiting and helping schools all across the country. He now serves as the administrative pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Lilburn, Georgia.

Carl Herbster served as a Christian school teacher, coach, and administrator before earning a doctorate in education. Under the auspices of a Christian college, he traveled across America serving as a consultant for hundreds of Christian schools. He served for ten years as president of the American Association of Christian Schools. He has authored or coauthored two other books on Christian education and many journal articles. For over 27 years he has served as pastor of Tri-City Baptist Church in Independence, Missouri, and as president of Tri-City Christian School.