Dr. Michael K Severe

Articles by this Author

  1. The Powers of Evaluation: The Understanding and Practice of Evaluation in Youth Ministry Communities of Practice in Illinois

    Fall 2013, Transformational Teaching and Learning — Pages 286-308

    Evaluation is a powerful tool for improvement yet is often perceived as simply a rearview mirror into the past. A two-tier qualitative method was used to uncover the practice and understanding of evaluation among youth pastors in Illinois. Reliance on indicators, such as stories and observation, tended to reinforce assumptions in practice. Evaluation was pervasive, powerfully guided perception, and primarily implicit.

    Key Words: youth ministry, evaluation, communities of practice, networking, assessment, church work with youth

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  2. Epistemological Assumptions in Evaluation: The Intersection Between Philosophy and Practice of Youth Ministry

    Spring 2010, Experiential Learning — Pages 6-29

    Evaluation is ubiquitous, value laden, often implicit, and closely tied to improvement and effectiveness. A two-tier qualitative method was used to uncover the practice and understanding of evaluation among youth pastors. Overreliance on indicators, such as stories and simple observation, tended to reinforce assumptions in practice. Evaluation was pervasive, powerfully guided perception, and steered outcomes more powerfully than philosophy of ministry. Evaluation framed the way youth pastors saw the world.

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