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.
The following paragraphs contain a synthesis of Dr.Willard's lectures at the 2004 NAPCE convention in Orlando, October 21-23. I have edited and rearranged his words a bit but have not added my own thinking except in the response sections. For those who attended the convention, this may serve as a summary; for those who did not, it can augment the fine review articles published in the last issue of CEJ (Fall 2004 V1:3).
Nearly five years ago Dr.James Michael Lee invited several Christian educators to contribute to a volume he entitled Forging a Better Religious Education in the Third Millennium (2000, Religious Education Press). He requested that the authors write as veterans in the field, offering their own projections of strengths, weaknesses, and needs, consciously avoiding formal documentation. Dr. Kenneth Gangel contributed a chapter on evangelical Christian education to that publication. A revised version of that chapter is included here with the publisher’s permission. Dr. Gangel states: “My objective is to offer an apologetic and overview of what our discipline can be in this new millennium.” This forward look seems a fitting way to end our twopart series on evangelical Christian education leaders of the 20th century.May it stimulate your thinking about the work that lies ahead.
The educational administrator who actively sets out to promote the use of critical thinking skills--and to implement the results of those skills--may lose the safety of a predictable environment. He may instead find the flexibility and creativity to cope with a constantly changing world. Seven essentials for a managing process based on critical thinking skills are discussed.
This article briefly analyzes five segments of Scripture toward developing a biblical theology of leadership.
This article proposes 10 steps to Sunday school revival based upon available research on attendance, demographic facts, and the author's subjective observation of almost 30 years of Christian education ministry. The author states that the goal of Christian education for the rest of this century is to demonstrate the dynamic of what can be and should be in the life of evangelical Sunday schools.
This article asserts a two-fold presupposition: that the Christian leader is our best hope for rationality in an irrational age; and the Christian leader must have a high developed and thoroughly consecrated mind in order to meet the challenge of leadership in such an age. The author shows the specific steps the thinking Christian can take to keep from blowing his mind.
This article compares parochial schools with parent-society schools. Similarities and differences are examined in the areas of organizational patterns, plant construction, parental voice, academic freedom, legitimate accreditation, funding options, doctrinal commitment, institutional stability, faculty selection, and board duties.
This article sets forth the biblical meaning of liturgy as described in Romans 11:33-12:2. The author presents a biblical view of public worship, showing that it begins with recognizing God's sovereignty, continues in living a life of sacrificial service, and peaks in becoming transformed and living a life separated from the world's pattern.
This article presents an overview of what has been labeled "the new morality." The author describes the moral law, proposes five contributing factors to moral deterioration, contrasts the moral law with situation ethics, and suggests three Christian answers to the new morality.