This article suggests a possible explanation for the lag in the development of church leaders overseas. In addition to an overreliance on professional clergy and residence seminaries, Western systems for developing church leaders are often still the norm in theological education overseas. The author develops guidelines which will help free overseas theological education from exported norms.
The author categorizes faculty and students at Christian colleges into five different groups including the non-church goer, church-hopper, church-attender, role-participant, and life-participant. The article raises questions concerning which of these alternatives are viable for the committed and thoughtful Christian.
This article presents an overview of what has been labeled "the new morality." The author describes the moral law, proposes five contributing factors to moral deterioration, contrasts the moral law with situation ethics, and suggests three Christian answers to the new morality.
This article addresses the urgent need for effective church leadership. The author investigates the function of local church leaders, observes the spiritual gifts necessary to carry out oversight ministries, and suggests ways for the local church to prepare its leaders. If biblical guidelines for church leadership are followed, churches will be able to exalt the Lord.
This article reflects the early findings of the new research study of the process of creativity. Those findings, primarily descriptive in nature, are most profitable for those concerned with creativity in education. The author creates an understanding of the term "creativity," describes the creative individual and his needs, and explains how the teacher can produce an atmosphere and environment that will stimulate, if not induce, the creative process.
Based on research completed at Indiana University, the author is proposing a diagnostic model for adult Christian education in the local church setting. The need for such a model is briefly examined. Then, the theoretical model is outlined and presented in graphic form. The proposed model explanation is limited to a discussion of "what" and "why." The question of "how' is left to the insight and skill of the reader. A rationale for the model's development, overall design, individual elements, sequencing, and application is included.
The author traces the roots of para-church organizations and concludes that many of them have completed their usefulness. Para-church agencies, he says, must evaluate their relationship to the local church. He examines the Bible college movement, in particular, and outlines a plan for restructuring twenty-first century Bible colleges. Furthermore, he challenges para-church organization at large to recognize the primacy of the local church and to keep its ministries separate from those of the local church. In addition, he suggests that churches and local para-church ministries pool their resources to carry out a balanced program of instruction, worship, fellowship, and service.
This article considers the role of television in the socialization of children, the responsibility of parents to teach their children how to use television discriminately, and the challenge to churches and parents to influence the networks and use television creatively. Many practical guidelines are given to help the concerned parent teach his child how to use the television wisely.
This article mentions the necessity of missions education for children. This responsibility is outlined practically for parents and for educators in the church. It is imperative that parents and/or teachers have a "heart for missions" before they attempt to pass the vision for missions on to children. This article offers a variety of helps which can be adjusted according to needs and ages. The ultimate goal of missions education is that of any education--to produce mature followers of Christi who will spread the Gospel in whatever capacity they serve Christ.
Is there a relationship between the theories of intellectual development and the work of a Christian educator? Two author's work are briefly reviewed and they are Jean Piaget and William G. Perry, Jr. The implication for Christian educators will be explored in three areas: 1) salvation by faith, 2) methodology of Christian educators and, 3) commitment to Jesus Christ. It matters greatly how a person thinks and learns because commitment is based on a reasoned faith and God calls us to the highest commitment possible--loving obedience to the Lord of the universe.