Guest Editorial Introduction to the Special Focus: Spiritual Formation and Christian Education

From: Volume 7, Issue 2: Fall 2010, Spiritual Formation and Christian Education Pages 334-339


The definition proposed by Nevin Harner in 1939 for Christian education as "a reverent attempt to discover the divinely ordained process by which individuals grow toward Christ likeness and to work with that process" (Harner 1939, p. 20) applies equally well to that of spiritual formation. The general concerns of spiritual formation have always been a part of Christian education-and Christian education has always included and been a means of spiritual formation. It is not only that spiritual formation and Christian education share similar purposes but many Christian educators have been giving leadership to the spiritual formation movement, exemplified by the Christian educators who have written articles in this special theme issue.



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