The Christian Education Journal is published biannually: spring and fall by Talbot School of Theology in cooperation with the Society of Professors of Christian Education (SPCE), formerly North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE). Each issue represents the collaborative efforts of approximately sixty contributors (writers, reviewers and editors) from across North America and overseas.

Purpose of the Journal

The purpose of the journal is to strengthen the conception and practice of Christian education in church and parachurch settings through:

  • Encouraging reflection on the foundations of Christian education and implications for ministry practice

  • Exploring the integration and application of social science theory and research to educational ministry concerns

  • Fostering improved teaching in the field of Christian education at colleges and seminaries, equipping people for leadership in this field

  • Promoting the assessment of our changing cultural context and of contemporary educational ministry needs, models, and trends

  • Providing reviews of new books in the field of Christian education and other related disciplines that impact educational ministry


The Journal was first published in 1980 as the "Journal of Christian Education" by Scripture Press Ministries, in cooperation with the National Association of Professors of Christian Education and the National Association of Directors of Christian Education. The name was changed to "Christian Education Journal" in 1983 and publication continued by Scripture Press Ministries through 1996. In 1997, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School began publication of the journal in its second series and concluded publication with the Spring 2003 issue. At that point, Biola University's Talbot School of Theology became the publisher of the journal, again in cooperation with the North American Professors of Christian Education, beginning series three in fall 2003.

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