In anticipation of this special 25th anniversary issue of the Christian Education Journal, I invited about two dozen veteran professors to share their reflections of trends and changes in the field of Christian education over the last 25 years. About half were able to do so. These are collected here and shared with you to encourage your own reflection on the past and discernment for the future.
This article explores sociological data that provides insights necessary for youth ministry in the twenty-first century. Using adolescents as informants, the author provides mature understanding of the nature of the adolescent world. Grounded in the research of the LINK Institute at Huntington College, youth ministers can gain understanding and develop strategies for effective outreach into current adolescent cultures.
In this article the author makes a case for an educational blueprint which, when followed with some flexibility, ought to guide those who are in the youth ministry training/teaching field.
The purpose of this article is to explore what a disciplemaking strategy might look like given the assumptions of mutuality and cooperation. Using a group of five college students and a group of men from a small community in Indiana, the author found both enthusiasm and cautions.
The author challenges the value of pursuing professionalism in youth ministry as outlined in Lamport's article.
This article features an extensive review of cooperative learning literature which may be pertinent to the aims of Christian educators. It includes examination of individual, competitive, and cooperative goal structures; scrutiny of various strategies employed in cooperative learning with practical suggestions; and comments about related research which would be valuable to Christian educators in the consideration of cooperative learning.