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.
This article concludes a three-part series on youth ministry pioneers of the 20th century in North America. The Fall 2004 issue of the Christian Education Journal (Series 3, Issue 1, No. 1) contains the first two parts of this article. Our thanks to Mark Cannister for this valuable contribution to this special series of the journal.
Nearly five years ago Dr.James Michael Lee invited several Christian educators to contribute to a volume he entitled Forging a Better Religious Education in the Third Millennium (2000, Religious Education Press). He requested that the authors write as veterans in the field, offering their own projections of strengths, weaknesses, and needs, consciously avoiding formal documentation. Dr. Kenneth Gangel contributed a chapter on evangelical Christian education to that publication. A revised version of that chapter is included here with the publisher’s permission. Dr. Gangel states: “My objective is to offer an apologetic and overview of what our discipline can be in this new millennium.” This forward look seems a fitting way to end our twopart series on evangelical Christian education leaders of the 20th century.May it stimulate your thinking about the work that lies ahead.
Westerhoff, John H., III, and Edwards, O. C. (Eds.). (2003). A faithful church: Issues in the history of catechesis. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers. 314 pp.
Reviewed by Gary Parrett, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA
Gangel, Kenneth O. and Benson, Warren S. (2002). Christian education: Its history and philosophy. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock. 394pp.
Reviewed by Gary A. Parrett, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA
Pahl, Jon. Youth ministry in modern America: 1930 to the present. (2000). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson. 248pp.
Review by Thomas Bergler, Huntington College, Huntington, IN