Dr. Meryl Herr

Articles by this Author

  1. The 4D-R Method of Imagining the Future, Part I: Implications for Vocational Discipleship

    Fall 2017, Equipping Church Members for Ministry — Pages 405-420

    Commonly prescribed vocational discipleship strategies have been devoid of teaching methods specifically designed for engaging the imagination. To fill this methodological gap, the author developed the 4D-R method for imagining the future and conducted a qualitative study to understand adult evangelical Christians’ experience of the method. The findings indicate that the 4D-R method for imagining the future could be a useful strategy for vocational discipleship, particularly in the area of vocational discernment. The findings further suggest a relationship between common vocational discipleship strategies and the 4D-R method for imagining the future.


    Key Words: vocation; discipleship; qualitative research; teaching – methods

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  2. The 4D-R Method of Imagining the Future, Part II: Considerations on Design, Development, and Use

    Fall 2017, Equipping Church Members for Ministry — Pages 421-436

    To fill a methodological gap in vocational discipleship methods, the author developed the 4D-R method for vocational discipleship. The author then embedded the 4D-R method in a reflective journal and conducted a qualitative study to understand adult evangelical Christians’ experience with the 4D-R method. This article presents findings related to the design, development, and use of the 4D-R method.


    Key Words: vocation; discipleship; qualitative research; teaching – methods

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