Dr. Kevin E Lawson

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  1. Editorial: "The Weakened Concept of 'Family'"

    Spring 2017, Ministry with Today's Diverse Families — Pages 3-6

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  2. Editorial: "Like Peanut Butter and Jelly"

    Fall 2016, Educational Ministry and Missions — Pages 243-246

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  3. Christian Education Journal Survey Results Regarding Possible Journal Name Change: An Invitation for You to Join the Discussion

    Fall 2016, Educational Ministry and Missions — Pages 418-425

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  4. Editorial: The Least of These?

    Spring 2016, Christian Education and Special Needs Ministry — Pages 3-6

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  5. Editorial: Discerning the Paths to Take

    Fall 2015, Curriculum Issues in Christian Education — Pages 255-258

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  6. Eschatological foundations of Christian Education: How Our Beliefs about Christ's Return Impact Our Educational Ministry Efforts

    Fall 2015, Curriculum Issues in Christian Education — Pages 282-297

    Recent theological work on foundations of Christian education has explored a wide range of important systematic theology topics (e.g., sanctification, ecclesiology, pneumatology, Trinity, the nature of Scripture). An area that has not received much attention is eschatology. How do understandings of Christ’s promised return impact the focus of educational ministries in the church? What is important for us to learn in this time of waiting? This paper focuses on biblical images and themes associated with waiting for Christ’s return and key issues that should have an impact on Christian educators’ ministry efforts. It explores how eschatological views give direction and shape to the church’s teaching ministries.
    Key Words: Eschatology, Theological foundations, Christ’s Return

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  7. Notes: Encyclopedia and Dictionaries of Christian Education: Reflections on 100 Years of Reference Works in the Field

    Fall 2015, Curriculum Issues in Christian Education — Pages 450-460

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  8. Editorial: Reflections on Teaching Well

    Spring 2015, Research on Effective Pedagogy — Pages 3-7

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  9. Editorial: Learning from Our Elders

    Fall 2014, Historical Movements and Models — Pages 239-243

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  10. SPCE Report of the Core Curriculum Task Force: Expanded Executive Summary

    Fall 2014, Historical Movements and Models — Pages 276-293

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  11. More than Silent Preaching: Didactic use of Wall Painting in the Middle Ages

    Fall 2014, Historical Movements and Models — Pages 318-335

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  12. Resources for Understanding and Teaching the History of Christian Education

    Fall 2014, Historical Movements and Models — Pages 414-420

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  13. Editorial: Nothing "Small" About It

    Spring 2014, Small Group Ministries — Pages 3-7

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  14. Editorial: "The Heart of the Matter"

    Fall 2013, Transformational Teaching and Learning — Pages 259-263

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  15. Editorial: Confessions of a "Late Adopter"

    Spring 2013, Technological Innovation & Educational Ministry — Pages 3-6

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  16. Editorial: Teaching Educational Ministry Leaders

    Fall 2012, The Profession of Teaching Christian Ed — Pages 275-278

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  17. Editorial: All Together Now

    Spring 2012, Intergenerational Ministry — Pages 3-6

    There is great potential for faith development in intergenerational settings, but it is not always easy to know how to make this work for the benefit of all ages. The “Special Focus” of this issue of the journal looks at the potential, power, and promise of intergenerational ministry in the church. Holly Allen is our guest editor, and I thank her for pulling together a strong collection of articles to inform and challenge us. She provides an editorial to explain more about the focus of this special focus and what each of the authors has contributed. I hope you find this special focus section beneficial for thinking more carefully about your own ministry and teaching. It has made me reflect back over my own experiences, encouraging me to learn from them and not settle for a default approach to ministry that keeps the generations apart.


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  18. Editorial: Something Old, Something New

    Fall 2011, Ministry with Emerging Generations — Pages 240-243

    This issue’s “Special Focus” is on ministry with emerging generations in a post-Christian world. Increasingly, as our culture shifts away from previous Judeo-Christian assumptions and perspectives, we need to be able to introduce people to the “olde” story of God’s redemptive work and message in “new” ways that do not carry the baggage of associations with past ineffective or offensive actions by the church and its leaders. Steve Kang, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, is our guest editor for this “Special Focus,” and will introduce the purpose and focus of the articles he has recruited in his guest editorial. I know you will find these articles interesting, and I trust they will be helpful as you consider ways to strengthen the church’s ministry with those growing up in this post-Christian world.

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  19. Editorial: Seeking Solid Foundations

    Spring 2011, Theological Perspectives — Pages 3-7

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  20. Baptismal Theology and Practices and the Spiritual Nurture of Children, Part I: Early and Medieval Church

    Spring 2011, Theological Perspectives — Pages 130-145

    Baptismal theology and practices have always had a major influence on the educational efforts of the church, either setting expectations for those who are to be baptized or establishing requirements of instruction for children following their baptism. This article addresses the changes in baptismal theology and practice during the early and medieval church eras and their influence on the educational ministries of the church, particularly with children. A second article reviews changes from the Reformation to the present and provides a case study of how Horace Bushnell’s views of the spiritual nurture of children are grounded in his theology of baptism.

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  21. Baptismal Theology and Practices and the Spiritual Nurture of Children, Part II: Reformation to the Present

    Spring 2011, Theological Perspectives — Pages 146-163

    Baptismal theology and practices have always had a major influence on the educational efforts of the church, either setting expectations for those who are to be baptized or establishing requirements of instruction for children following their baptism. The first article in this series addressed the changes in baptismal theology and practice in the early and medieval church and their influence on the educational ministries of the church of these eras, particularly with children. This second article reviews changes in theology and practice from the Reformation to the present era and their impact on the church’s ministry with children, providing a case study of theological reflection by Horace Bushnell on baptism and the spiritual nurture of children. It closes with recommendations for ministry with children today in light of baptismal beliefs and practices.1

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  22. Resources for Theological Reflection in the Field of Christian Education

    Spring 2011, Theological Perspectives — Pages 177-181

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  23. Editorial: Recent Research and Future Foci

    Fall 2010, Spiritual Formation and Christian Education — Pages 263-266

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  24. Editorial: Experiential Learning and Much, Much More

    Spring 2010, Experiential Learning — Pages 3-5

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  25. Editorial: Leadership for Church Ministry, and More

    Fall 2009, Leadership for Church Ministry — Pages 207-209

    It is my pleasure to introduce our fifth "Mini-theme" issue of the Christian Education Journal for our readers. Along with our regular articles, this issue has a collection of five articles on issues related to leadership in the church.

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  26. Leading Ministry Teams, Part I: Theological Reflection on Ministry Teams

    Fall 2009, Leadership for Church Ministry — Pages 250-264

    This article seeks to establish the biblical and theological foundations for teamwork and team leadership for ministry practice. In order to understand and evaluate the applicability of a ministry team approach, selected models of team leadership in both the Old and New Testaments are explored. Some biblical concepts including love, unity, and the image of the body, together with concepts such as co-laborer, plurality of leadership, shared leadership, and servant leadership, are also explored. The models and concepts reviewed show key elements and spiritual principles for leading ministry teams. Scriptures clearly depict teamwork through the practice of loving each other and living in the unity of the Spirit to the building up of the body of Christ. Therefore, a ministry team approach structured upon biblical and theological foundations should help the church to work together harmoniously and corporately as intended by Jesus Christ, the founder and head of the Christian church.

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  27. Leading Ministry Teams, Part II: Research on Effective Teams with Implications for Ministry Team Leadership

    Fall 2009, Leadership for Church Ministry — Pages 265-281

    To date, the major research efforts on teams and teamwork are found solely in the publications of Larson and LaFasto (1989, 2001) as well as those of Katzenbach and Smith (1993, 2001). This article reviews their major findings and continued research in the last 20 years. Research on effective ministry teams in Christian ministry contexts shows a number of common elements that affirmed both Larson and LaFasto's eight characteristics of effective teams and Katzenbach and Smith's description of effective group fundamentals. Implications for church and parachurch ministries are considered in light of the biblical and theological review in part I, as well as the two major research efforts reviewed in this part II.

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  28. Editorial: What's Happening with the Journal

    Spring 2009, Field Education — Pages 3-5

    It is my pleasure to introduce our fourth “Mini-theme” issue of the Christian Education Journal for our readers. Along with our regular articles, this issue has a collection of seven articles focused on the role and development of field education in Christian higher education.

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  29. Editorial: Welcome to our New Issue

    Fall 2008, Ministry by and for Those Beyond the Age of 55 — Pages 267-269

    I am pleased to be sharing our third “Mini-theme” issue of the Christian Education Journal with our readers. Along with our regular articles, this issue has a collection of seven articles focused on educational ministry with and for those beyond the age of 55.

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  30. Editorial: Welcome to the new "Mini-theme" issue

    Spring 2008, College & Young Adult Ministry — Pages 3-6

    Over a year ago we first determined that we wanted to start offering “mini-themes” of articles within the Christian Education Journal to provide an opportunity for some focused attention on important educational ministry areas. This is our second issue with this kind of structure and we are excited to share it with you.

    David Setran, from Wheaton College, serves as the guest editor for this mini-theme on “College and Young Adult Ministry.” He has recruited authors and pulled together a wonderful collection of articles that includes recent research and critical thinking about ministry issues with people at this stage of life. As most of us can attest, these years are a critical time for faith formation and maturation, and it offers many challenges and opportunities for those who invest their ministry efforts here. David’s editorial provides a helpful overview and introduction to these six articles and I am sure you will enjoy reading them.

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  31. Christian Education: A Field in Motion Mapping Christian Education Preparation Programs Summary Report

    Spring 2007 — Pages 49-61

    A summary report on the first phase of a study of Christian Education preparation programs in Bible Colleges, Christian Liberal Arts Colleges, Seminaries, and Graduate Schools in North America. This report examines the number, purposes, names, and requirements of these programs and what they are equipping students to do upon graduation.

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  32. Editorial: Welcome to the New Editorial Advisory Board

    Fall 2006 — Pages 227-229

    This fall marks the completion of the third volume of the Christian Education Journal, series three.We have been very pleased with the growth of the journal over the last three years and the support it is receiving from authors, reviewers, and readers. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and support in this effort to serve our discipline well.

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  33. Editorial: "Fruitful Reflection on a Critical Ministry"

    Spring 2006 — Pages 3-5

    I am excited! This spring issue of the Christian Education Journal is filled with stimulating articles and helpful book reviews. They represent the efforts of many in our field to reflect on this critical ministry of Christian education in different contexts, and from a variety of perspectives. It is a veritable feast of thoughtfully written pieces to help us consider more carefully what we do and why.

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  34. Notes - Announcement: A Study of "Christian Education" Programs in Bible Colleges, Christian Colleges/Universities and Seminaries

    Spring 2006 — Pages 154-156

    This past year, Group Publishing and Talbot School of Theology have provided funds to support the first phase of a research effort to explore what is happening in Christian education programs in Christian higher education. Here is an overview of the project.

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  35. Editorial: "Something to Celebrate"

    Fall 2005, 25th Anniversary Issue — Pages 235-238

    This Fall’s issue of the Christian Education Journal marks the 25th anniversary of the journal. This, in and of itself, is something worth celebrating, and I always love a good party.However, we have more reasons than longevity to rejoice over.As you look through this issue of the journal you will see many things that I believe are worthy of celebration.

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  36. Editorial: "New Beginnings"

    Fall 2004 — Pages 2-5

    Welcome to the third and last issue of the inaugural volume of the Christian Education Journal, Series 3. In the first two issues of this new series we focused on the centennial of the Religious Education Association, providing biographical essays on major evangelical leaders in the field of Christian education and historical overview essays on evangelical Christian education and youth ministry during the 20th century.

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  37. Evangelical Christian Education in the Later 20th Century - Growing Influence and Specialization

    Spring 2004 — Pages 7-14

    The first of three brief articles addressing the development of evangelical Christian education in the 20th century. The early part of the century was a time of loss of influence and marginalization within the broader religious education movement, but the time period concluded with the beginnings of new cooperative efforts among evangelicals. The article provides a context for the essays on evangelical Christian education leaders that follow.

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  38. Editorial

    Fall 2003 — Pages 3-6

    Welcome to this special volume of the Christian Education Journal! This volume marks a couple of milestones. First, 2003 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Religious Education Association (REA), an organization that has been a major influence in the field of Christian education in North America over this past century. To mark the occasion, this volume’s two issues will focus on the contributions of evangelical Christian education leaders over the past century and what we have learned that gives us direction for the field of Christian education in the future. Second, this volume marks the beginning of “Series 3” for the journal, with a new expanded editorial staff, an expanded relationship with the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE), new goals and format, and financial supportand staff assistance from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the journal. The change in leadership for the journal has just taken place, and the new staff will be taking this coming year to work on plans for the journal’s development. We anticipate having the new plans developed and the journal fully into its new format by the Fall 2004 issue (Series 3,Volume 2).

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  39. Evangelical Christian Education in the Early 20th Century

    Fall 2003 — Pages 7-11

    The first of three brief articles addressing the development of evangelical Christian education in the 20th century. The early part of the century was a time of loss of influence and marginalization within the broader religious education movement, but the time period concluded with the beginnings of new cooperative efforts among evangelicals. The article provides a context for the essays on evangelical Christian education leaders that follow.

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  40. Evangelical Christian Education in the Mid-20th Century: Cooperation in Parachurch Ministries

    Fall 2003 — Pages 73-77

    The second of three brief articles addressing the development of evangelical Christian education in the 20th century. The middle part of the century saw an explosion of parachurch educational ministry efforts to assist the evangelical movement and renewed efforts to develop professional organizations and curricular resources for the church. The article provides a context for the essays on evangelical Christian education leaders that follow.

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  41. Exploring a "Coaching" Model for Promoting Spiritual Formation

    Fall 2000 — Pages 63-83

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  42. Theological Reflection, Theological Method, and the Practice of Education Ministry: Exploring the Wesleyan Quadrilateral and Stackhouse's Tetralectic

    Spring 1997 — Pages 49-64

    This paper explores and critiques four models of theological reflection from an evangelical perspective. A modification of the "Wesleyan Quadrilateral" and John Stackhouse's "tetralectic" is then proposed, with Scripture, experience, tradition, and general revelation (social sciences, etc.) as primary sources of knowledge, with reason and the Holy Spirit contributing to the process of reflection.

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  43. The State of the Educational Ministry Profession in Evangelical Churches, Part 3: Advice for Future Staff and the Schools that Prepare Them

    Spring 1996 — Pages 95-109

    This final article in a three-part series examines the advice given by both current and former staff members to those who would like to pursue educational ministry in the church, and for the colleges and seminaries that prepare them.

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  44. The State of the Educational Ministry Profession in Evangelical Churches, Part 2: The Different Experiences of Men and Women in Ministry

    Winter 1996 — Pages 46-64

    Women and men in educational ministry have vast differences in what they do, how long they stay, and what issues they must deal with. This article presents, analyzes, and discusses these differences, and looks for ways to counter the forces moving women out of educational ministry.

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  45. The Current State of the Educational Ministry Profession, Part 1: Perspectives from the Frontlines

    Fall 1995 — Pages 9-28

    In 1993 an interdenominational study of current and former educational ministry staff sought answers to five questions regarding educational ministry staff in local churches. The answers provide us with a clearer picture of the current state of the profession. This is the first of three articles growing out of the study.

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  46. An Integrated Approach to Teaching Theological Foundations of Christian Education

    Spring 1995 — Pages 71-81

    An interview with three faculty members of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School who taught "Theological Foundations of Christian Education" in an experimental, integrated fashion. Perry G. Downs, Howard O.J. Brown, and Bruce A. Ware share their evaluation of this integrative model.

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  47. Former Directors of Christian Education-Why They Left: Implications for the Profession

    Winter 1994 — Pages 46-63

    This article reports the result of a 1990-91 study of 108 current and 98 former Directors of Christian Education in American Baptist Churches, USA regarding their career patterns and reasons for job and career changes. The problems of rapid job turnover and high attrition from the profession are addressed, significant factors are explored, and recommendations are given for improving the recruitment, preparation, placement, and supervision and support of Directors of Christian Education.

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  48. Effective Teaching: Implications from Current Research for Christian Education

    Spring 1991 — Pages 53-68

    Current research on effective teaching in public schools has resulted in findings with implications for the practice of Christian education in the local church. In this article, the goals, context, and content of Christian education are reviewed, four common issues raised, and the findings of effective teaching research applied to this educational undertaking. Cautions are given regarding the limits of application to this unique setting.

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