Dr. Richard J. Leyda

Articles by this Author

  1. Models of Ministry Internship for Colleges and Seminaries

    Spring 2009, Field Education — Pages 24-37

    Schools preparing students for vocational ministry have used a variety of models to situate students in fieldwork placements. This article will categorize such designs by their relationship to the academic setting as well as by their duration. Some of the most common models of ministry placements, including their advantages and disadvantages, will be discussed along with detailed considerations concerning evaluation and selection. Two additional considerations related to placement and the models will be explored followed by a brief mention of some current trends in program design.

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  2. Childlikeness: An Essential for Disciples

    Fall 2007, Children's Spirituality — Pages 322-339

    Jesus, in his teaching from the Gospels, conveys important truths about children and their value, yet sometimes alludes to them in a figurative way to illustrate important truths about the kingdom and challenge adults to faith and spiritual growth. In a few key passages--this study will primarily focus on those from Matthew--the child is held up in Jesus' teaching as a radical new model for understanding God and the kingdom of heaven. An understanding of children and childlikeness appears to be more important in a basic understanding of the gospel and the way of the disciple than those of Jesus' day--as well as many in the current day--have conceived. These truths have important implications for changing Christian education ministry to both children and adults.

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  3. Henrietta C. Mears: Evangelical Entrepreneur

    Fall 2003 — Pages 54-65

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

    Fall 2000 — Pages 63-83

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  5. Journey on the River of Faith: Faith Development from Adolescence into Young Adulthood

    Autumn 1989 — Pages 23-38

    Extensive work has been done in recent years to understand the structures by which human faith develops. The following article presents one possible practical application of faith development theory. Based on the categories of this theory, a discussion-prompting board game was constructed using the analogy of a river trip. Late adolescent were involved in game play along with sponsoring adults in hopes of using community to both confirm them in present faith and prepare them for future challenges. Observation of actual game play confirmed that these results were achieved to some degree. Many possibilities exist for extensions of this practical model to other intergenerational groupings.

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