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Church History has revealed that the very existence and influence of a given religious organization has depended largely upon the force and efficiency of its educational system. In the final analysis, the upward and increasing trend to liberalism and modernism in this century has been a direct result of an efficient educational program. On the other hand, the fundamental truths that Christ wanted the people of all generations to hear, accept, and live by have also been handed down to the present through a process of education. In both cases, effective teaching has been a result of effective teachers; effective teachers have been a result of an effective training process. That religious body which began with a passion and zeal to spread the Gospel of Christ, and who yet hopes to conquer the forces of evil, must carefully train its leaders and teachers.
Porter, Thomas G., "A Proposed Program of Better Training for Wesleyan Teachers" (1956). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 433.