Christian religious education provides the content, processes, and settings to empower the church s mission in the world a mission that includes health care, peace with justice, and disciple-making ministries. Today, the field Christian Education is clear about its tasks of helping form and nurture faith that is then embodied in faithful practices. Research studies on Christian faith practices show howparticipating in Christian community undergirds and complements thoughtful living through one s life. With an emphasis on practices and mission, this bookoffers readers concrete ways to empower vital faith formation in congregations as it describes current trends, which include richer diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, and interfaith dialog. This book will also help prepare students for leadership in the Church universal and in the field of Christian Education.