Publication Date

April 2008


School of Religion


Religion: Youth Ministries

Primary Subject Area

Education, Curriculum and Instruction


Character, Character Education, Youth Ministry, Campus Ministry, High School Ministry, Youth Pastor


This paper includes both historical and present day examinations of the state of public education and character in students. Written for the benefit of Christian youth ministers, this paper examines some of the common tenants of modern day character education and seeks to demonstrate their Biblical parallels. Issues regarding the state of character in students and legality of people in a religious profession on a school campus are examined. This paper demonstrates without question that a Christian person can readily support a character education program in the public schools because of the Biblical basis for the values espoused. After examining the evidence it should also provide a youth minister with a better understanding of the acceptable verbiage to use to gain more consistent access to a public school campus.