This Fall’s issue of the Christian Education Journal marks the 25th anniversary of the journal. This, in and of itself, is something worth celebrating, and I always love a good party.However, we have more reasons than longevity to rejoice over.As you look through this issue of the journal you will see many things that I believe are worthy of celebration.
Anointed teaching is based on a theologically grounded educational construct in which the anointing is not just an optional enrichment, but its defining mark. A literature review and scriptural framework are provided to encourage reflection in this neglected area of Christian Education. Anointed teaching is dependent upon the Holy Spirit's personal work in, upon, and among the participants and the entire educational process. The teacher's spiritual maturity is critical as theyinvite openness to the Holy Spirit and seek to cultivate the presence and power of His annointing. Practices, dispositions, outcomes that accompany anointed teaching are suggested.
This article presents research that examines the impact of short-term mission trips as an experiential curriculum in the lives of North American adolescent participants. Drawing from prominent experiential therories, the curricular structure of cross-cultural short-term mission trips is shown to be limited in its abaility to transfer learning into the ongoing lives of the students. The author recommends continuing the educational components beyond a trip's conclusion so students can better integrate their learning. The study concludes tha short-term mission needs to be situated as part of an oveall emphasis, theologically and pedagogically, on service and mission within a youth ministry.
Upon briefly examining how the modern church in America has relinquished its soul to the soul of the nation, the author offers a future trajectory of the church from a vantage point of one who longs to see the church in America rediscover its roots and mission. By situating himself as one who has been involved in the educational ministry of the church, the author then puts forth a Trinitarian vision of the church and its educational ministry that involve the on-going process of cultivating the Christocentric identity, virtues and practices that are informed by the biblical narrative, which functions as the only grand narrative of God's eternal kingdom.
This study addresses the effect of a positive God-concept on the development of a positive self-concept. Twenty-four Korean American children (12 girls and 12 boys) from age nine to eleven who had been attending church during the last five years, were interviewed. The results of the study show that one of the critical roles in Christian Education is to help children develop a positive God-concept in order for them to develop a positive self-concept, which in turn, can influence their spiritual development.
Masterful professors not only grow in knowledge of their discipline, they also grow in sharpening their teaching skill. This article examines effective teaching and learning in the higher education context. More specifically, it looks at how effective pedagogy aims to see the student fully engaged in the learning process. It explores what it means to engage the college student in learning, why it is important, and several strategies to facilitate engagement in learning. Really, in its simplest form, it is all about who gets to chew the cracker!
In addition to briefly examining biblical and empirical support for intentional intergenerational ministry, the author primarily addresses the question: Why might intergenerational Christian experiences contribute significantly to faith and spiritual development? She integrates concepts from situated learning theory with some of Vygotsaky's sociocultural ideas to forge a learning macrotheory that explicates the basic learning principles at work in intergenerational Christian community. The author also offers practical ideas for those who desire to cultivate a more intergenerational outlook as well as some specific ways to bring the generations together.
A recounting of the origins and development of the NAPCE, from the early years as a Research Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals to the present.
Preliminary results of a recent interview project with veteran professors of Christian education regarding key transitions in the field over the last several decades. Four main areas of change are addressed, including issues of professional identity, the role of social sciences, the role of Scripture and theology, and cultural changes impacting educational ministry.
A former President of the NAPCE writes a brief article on how the Christian Education Journal came about. We are grateful for the vision of people like Brian and others who sereved with him in launching this journal in 1980. At the end of the article is a summary chart of types of articles published over the last five years that was prepared by Kathy Peterson, a communications plan consultant.
In anticipation of this special 25th anniversary issue of the Christian Education Journal, I invited about two dozen veteran professors to share their reflections of trends and changes in the field of Christian education over the last 25 years. About half were able to do so. These are collected here and shared with you to encourage your own reflection on the past and discernment for the future.
The church in emerging culture: Five perspectives. By Leonard Sweet (Gen. Ed.), Andy Crouch, Michael Horton, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Brian D. McLaren, and Erwin Raphael McManus. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2003.
Overview by Paul Bramer, Associate Professor of Christian Formation, M.A.C.E. Director North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Review by Gary L.McIntosh, Professor, Christian Ministry & Leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
Review by William R. “Rick” Yount, Professor and Assistant Dean of Foundations of Education School of Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
Garrett J. DeWeese, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
Faith and learning on the edge: A bold new look at religion in higher education. By David Claerbaut. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2004.
Review by Octavio J. Esqueda, School of Educational Ministries, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
Faithful learning and the Christian scholarly vocation. Edited by Douglas V. Henry and Bob R. Agee. Grand Rapids, MI:William B. Eerdmans. 2003
Review by Don K. Ashley, Religion,Wayland Baptist University, Anchorage, AK.
The role of teaching in sustaining the church. By Harold W. Burgess. Anderson, IN: Bristol House. 2004.
Review by Allen D. Curry, Christian Education, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS
Children matter—Celebrating their place in the church, family, and community. By Scottie May, Beth Posterski, Catherine Stonehouse, and Linda Cannell. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2005.
Review by Gary C. Newton, Discipling Ministries, Huntington University, Huntington, IN
Postmodern children’s ministry. By Ivy Beckwith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan/Youth Specialties. 2004.
Review by Holly Catterton Allen, Children and Family Ministries, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR.
Researching children’s experience: Approaches and methods. Edited by Sheila Greene and Diane Hogan. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2005.
Review by Donald Ratcliff, Psychology Department, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA.
Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. By Christian Smith with Melinda Lundquist Denton. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Review by Thomas Bergler, Ministry and Missions, Huntington University, Huntington, IN
The religious education of adults. By Leon McKenzie and R. Michael Harton. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys. 2002.
Review by Cynthia L. Brown,Marshall, TX
Learning in adulthood. 2d ed. By Sharan B. Merriam and Rosemary S. Caffarella. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 1999.
Review by Dale L. Mort, Degree Completion Program, Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA
Exploring spirituality and culture in adult and higher education. By Elizabeth J. Tisdell. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 1999.
Review by Martha Pendleton, Department of Graduate and Professional Studies, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR.
Steppingstones to curriculum: A biblical path. 2d ed. By Harro Van Brummelen. Colorado Springs, CO: Purposeful Design Publications. 2002.
Review by Janet L. Dale, Christian Education and Discipleship, Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY
Teaching cross-culturally: An incarnational model for learning and teaching. By Judith E. Lingenfelter and Sherwood G. Lingenfelter. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. 2003.
Review by Michael S. Lawson and Carisa A. Ash, Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX
Transforming Bible study—Understanding God’s Word like you’ve never read it before. By Bob Grahmann. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
Review by Miles (Skip) Lewis, Ministry, Lancaster Bible College Graduate School, Lancaster, PA
The search to belong: Rethinking intimacy, community, and small groups. By Joseph R.Myers. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2003.
Review by Julie Gorman, Christian Formation and Discipleship, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA
The voice of Jesus: Discernment, prayer and the witness of the Spirit. By Gordon T. Smith. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 2003.
Review by Debbie A. Bigler, Education, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
A new kind of Christian: A tale of two friends on a spiritual journey. By Brian D. McLaren. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2001.
The story we find ourselves in: Further adventures of a new kind of Christian. By Brian D.McLaren. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 2003.
Review by Jackie L. Smallbones, Christian Education, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA.