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.
Willow Creek Community Church is an outgrowth of a youth ministry at South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. In 1974, Mark Senter interviewed Dave Hulmbo, who, with Bill Hybels, was leading this ministry to youth. In his own words, David Hulmbo tells of the principles and insights that ultimately led to the birth of Willow Creek Community Church.
The author comments on two aspects of Lamport's article: the analogy used for youth ministry as a profession and the idea of a career path in youth ministry.
This article attempts to discover the headwaters of the parachurch high school ministry. One high school based club did originate earlier than all the others, was widely publicized in The Sunday School Times, and can be found in the records of club programs like Young Life, Hi-C, and Voice of Christian Youth. That club was the Miracle Book Club founded by Evelyn McClusky in 1933.