Interview with Charles Dunahoo, former CEP Coordinator
CDM joins with people around the denomination to celebrate 50 years of God’s faithfulness to the PCA. Under the original name of Christian Education and Publications (CEP), CDM was one of the four original committees of the Assembly. Through the years, our mission has remained the same: helping leaders make disciples through ministry to children, youth, and adults.
To celebrate this milestone, we asked former CEP Coordinator, Dr. Charles Dunahoo, to reflect on the past, present, and future of discipleship ministry in the PCA.
In what ways did you see God work through CEP/CDM to make disciples in the PCA?
Charles: Through training and curriculum, God enabled leaders to understand the principles of “kingdom discipleship.” Followers of Jesus must always remember God is working to build His kingdom, providing gifts and arranging each member to serve the purposes of God in every generation.
What moves your heart to give thanks as you reflect on being a leader in the PCA?
Charles: The PCA developed in a culture of post-modernism. As one of the younger founders, I was able to remind my generation that truth is real and really matters. I had the opportunity to help leaders understand Christianity is a way of life with a world and life view. The role of Coordinator provided opportunities to speak and shape resources to help the Church in this age.
In the face of many challenges, what encouragement do you have for today’s leaders?
Charles: We must always resist the temptation to rely on things other than the preaching and teaching of God’s Word to make disciples. Leaders must strive to help members of every generation understand biblical doctrine and how it applies to all of life. That’s why discipleship ministry, then and now, is vital to the health of the Church.
If you would like to read other stories from PCA founders, along with interesting facts about the history of the denomination, go to pca50.org.
Charles Dunahoo along with the original CEP coordinator,
Paul Settle in the early years of the PCA
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