Aging is a gracious gift given by God to cause us to ask about and work on the real issues of life. The Bible presents three main themes on aging. Achieving old age is a Divine Tribute. People in the last half of life are to be honored and respected. Growing older brings about Definite Testing along with blessing. Adults in the last third of their lives can glorify God uniquely. New understandings and spiritual depth can be developed. The process of aging well can be a Distinctive Triumph. How we see the issue of ministry with older adults depends largely on our vision of the old. In a culture striving to remain youthful and avoid any evidence of growing old, we would do well to allow our values about aging to be shaped by the age-related themes found in Scripture.
The author covers six critical issues that are relevant when planning to use cooperative learning in Christian Education. He also provides implementation ideas for cooperative learning in four educational approaches: lecture, discussion, group projects, and experimental labs.
The author traces the largely individualized approach to spiritual direction over the centuries and calls for a strengthening of community in this area.
This article identifies and analyzes the interaction of program factors utilized in developing, conducting, and evaluating effective, long-term adult laity care networks in three select churches.
Principles of New Testament relationships are not detailed in any of the editions of Gene Getz's Sharpening the Focus of the Church (Victor Books). This may lead to an inadequately developed conceptual/theological framework for biblical relationships.
The use of small groups for religious growth-support is not a phenomenon unique to our era. The early Wesleyan class meeting is an example of this type of clustering. This article maintains that the small group encounter of the class meeting was based solidly on theological bedrock. Four eminent truths are highlighted which enable contemporary churchmen to move toward a biblical theology of the small group experience. The organizational format, leadership tasks, and encounter dynamics of the class meeting are examined. Practical applications are high-lighted throughout the article. The article concludes by offering an administrative checklist for balanced growth-support groups in the local church.