Christian Educational Ministries
Christian Educational Ministries was founded in November, 1995 as a service ministry with two major goals. First, in the hearts of all Christian people is the imperative to share the Gospel with the world, to evangelize, to make disciples for Jesus Christ. Second, it is our desire to teach those who are disciples of Jesus all that He commanded His disciples to do (Matthew 28:19-20). Paul expanded on this latter objective in his last letter to Timothy:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be proficient and equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:17 from KJV and NRSV).
To this end, we teach the Bible with a view to helping people make their own lives work while they are a positive influence and blessing to those around them. Our primary mission is carried out through the Born to Win Radio Program, literature, essays both in print and on the Internet, and published books. We also make available sermon CD's and an Adult Bible Study Course in our CEM Bookstore. Another major effort is the education of youth. Youth Educational Adventures is an arm of CEM created to systematically education children and young people in God’s way with a curriculum of lessons spanning 17 years of a child’s life, beginning with age three to 20.
CEM is here to serve the public, individual Christians of every stripe, and community based churches in every tradition. We are an independent, nondenominational ministry. Our Confession of Faith is broadly stated and not intended to be exclusionary.
About Doctrinal Statements
People often ask for our doctrinal statement partly, I think, because they assume we are a church or
parachurch organization. I can understand why churches adopt creeds or doctrinal statements, because those who consider belonging to the church have a right to know what the church teaches.
But you won’t often find doctrinal statements at the front of commentaries or books by individuals. It is assumed that the commentary speaks for itself. CEM and Born to Win
are more like a commentary than a church in that our belief system is fully contained in what we say and write. Creeds may be necessary for churches. I am not a pastor, but a Christian apologist.
Churches need non-denominational ministries like CEM to offer new views of old subjects and to promote doctrinal growth. Doctrinal creeds have the effect of blocking examination of issues that might have a bearing on the belief system. That is a two edged sword. It does serve to provide doctrinal stability for a church, but it also inhibits growth in knowledge.
Radio stations sometimes require adherence to their doctrinal statements, and we regret that we often cannot place the Born to Win
program on those stations. Inevitably, a non-denominational ministry like ours will transgress one or more of the elements, and we may lose the station after having made a substantial investment in it.
We have a worldview instead of a creed. We believe the Bible is God's revelation of himself to man. We believe that everything has to be tested against the Bible, and the Bible informs our conscience about right and wrong, whether it be doctrine or conduct. Our worldview is informed in full by the Bible.
Our purpose is summed up in something God told Jeremiah:
This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD (Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV).
Our objective is not to advance this or that belief system. It is to know and understand God on his terms, instead of our own. What we think or believe may have to change to be conformable to the Word of God, therefore being locked into a belief system seems unwise.
The best way to understand what we believe is simply to listen to the program and then evaluate what we say based on Scripture. Peter said it well: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” You can’t grow in knowledge if you already know it all.
For Ronald L Dart’s personal confession of faith, see this link.
About Ronald L. Dart
Within four months from the time he made the first Born to Win radio program in January of 1996, Ronald Dart was on 26 stations from Brisbane, Australia to Providence Rhode Island. What surprised us at the time was that virtually all of that time was negotiated and purchased by individuals or small groups who believed Ron’s message should be heard in their town. They were so dedicated to the message, that they were willing to pay for radio time out of their own pockets.
People around the world have come to appreciate Ron’s easy style, his non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. People say they get hooked on Ron’s depth of insight into the Bible and appreciate the unique gift for clarity and simplicity that enable him to hold an audience. His listeners don’t want to miss a word this broadcaster has to say and they want their community to hear it as well.
You can see how far we have come in the Born to Win radio log.