The Measurement and Evaluation of Children's Ministry Praxis

From: Volume 13, Issue 2: Fall 2016, Educational Ministry and Missions Pages 247-265


Popular books and resources for children’s ministers are typically based on philosophical assertions, anecdotal evidence, or the experience of the author, rather than on empirical evidence. The present study seeks to advance the science of children’s ministry by validating a measure of children’s ministry praxis and determining whether different approaches to children’s ministry are actually associated with the outcomes they are assumed to produce. Statistical analyses of existing survey data collected from 201 Nazarene churches in the United States revealed three empirically distinct ministry models differentially associated with attendance growth, conversion rates, evangelism rates, and service participation. Practical implications are discussed.



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