Textbook Survey: Foundations of Educational Ministry

From: Volume 6, Issue 1: Spring 2009, Field Education Pages 188-197


From a list of NAPCE members, professors who teach Foundations of Education courses were asked to provide a list of textbooks utilized in their classes. Thirty-five individuals responded, and the following 14 books were listed most often. Each review below grows out of experienced classroom use by the reviewer. Longer reviews of some of these texts have appeared in previous issues of the CEJ. Reviews are organized alphabetically by the last name of the author of the book.

Introducing Christian education: Foundations for the Twenty-first Century. Edited by Michael J. Anthony. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2001. 289 pp. $32.99.

Exploring the history and philosophy of Christian education: Principles for the 21st century. By Michael J. Anthony and Warren S. Benson. Grand Rapids,MI: Kregel. 2003. 443 pp. $26.00. paper.

Christian education: Foundations for the future. Edited by Robert E. Clark, Lin Johnson, and Allyn K. Sloat. Chicago, IL: Moody Press. 1991. 640 pp. $39.99.

Teaching for spiritual growth. By Perry Downs. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 1994. 224 pp. $24.99.

The teaching ministry of the church. Edited by Daryl Eldridge. Nashville, TN: Broadman. 1996. 326 pages. $34.99.

C.E.: The heritage of Christian education. Edited by James Riley Estep, Jr. Joplin,MO: College Press. 2003. 315 pp. $29.99. Includes CD.

Historical and philosophical foundations of education: A biographical introduction. 4th ed. By Gerald Gutek. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. 2005. 451 pp. $78.00. paper.

Philosophy and education: An introduction in Christian perspective. Rev. ed. By George R. Knight. Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press. 2006. 301 pp. $24.99. paper.

50 foundational documents for Christian teachers & ministers. By Robert Franklin Lay. Marion, IN: Indiana Wesleyan Print Shop. 2004. 306 pp. $35.00. paper with CD.

God our teacher. By Robert Pazmiño. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2001. 208 pp. $20.00. paper.

Foundational issues in Christian education: An introduction in evangelical perspective. 3rd ed. By Robert Pazmiño. Grand Rapids,MI: Baker Academic. 2008. 296 pp. $26.99. paper.

A history of Christian education. By James E. Reed and Ronnie Prevost. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. 1993. 386 pp. $34.99. paper.

Basics of Christian education. By Karen Tye. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press. 2000. 142 pp. $18.99. paper.

Created to learn: A Christian teacher’s introduction to educational psychology. By William R. Yount. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. 1996. 394 pp. $39.99.

Reviewers are:
Elaine Becker, Director of Degree Completion, Tyndale University College, Toronto, OH (EB)
Dean G. Blevins, Professor of Christian Education,Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO (DB)
Robert Drovdahl, Professor of Educational Ministries, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA (RD)
Dennis Fledderjohann, Professor of Educational Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL (DDF)
Denis Frediani, Education Ministries, Bethel Seminary of the East, Willow Grove, PA (DF)
Darwin Glassford, Associate Professor of Church Education, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI (DG)
Alvin Kuest, Professor of Christian Education, Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing,MI (AK)
Jeff Ritchey, Professor of Religious Education, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Cochrane, AB (JR)
David Setran, Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (DS)



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