Older adults are not antiques that one may find in dark attics or in musty basements. They are living, beautiful, growing individuals. When stereotypes and preconceived attitudes are removed, then real understanding of older adults can take place. This understanding is more than just an attempt at general knowledge of their characteristics and needs. It is direct involvement, with a cost, in the individual lives of the elderly. Real understanding will mean giving of ourselves.
Age is often more self-revealing than one would like it to be. Those who are older though more experienced are sometimes thought to be plagued as if aging was a disease. All of the human race is aging each moment. It is the goal of this article to help those in ministry gain a new perspective on ministering to older adults. All of society has needs, and the following pages set forth some of the needs pertaining to older adults, some of the current implementations of meeting those needs, and some new ideas of ministering to older adults by gaining a better understanding of them.
This article investigates questions that will be relevant for training in Christian education and for the application of this training by missionaries and nationals called to develop stronger Christian education in Third World countries.
This article examines the place of women in church leadership by reviewing the results of a survey conducted by the author.
Christian education must be based on biblical principles. This article examines the biblical principles and establishes objectives for the church's Christian education ministry. It explores the teaching-learning process and uses Jesus Christ as our example to follow when we teach. Several aspects of the Christian education ministry are covered, including administration and organization, curriculum, the relation of Christian education to evangelism and discipleship, the importance of Christian nurture and values, staffing needs, and the impact of the Christian education ministry on family life. The article concludes by reviewing principles for evaluation of the Christian education ministry.
This article compares the two views of Christian nuture held by Horace Bushnell and Lawrence Richards. Though their viewpoints are similar, Bushnell's opinions have met with much hostility. But Richards' opinions have not been so harshly criticized. This article examines the similarities and the differences in the opinions of the two men regarding Christian nurture. It also shows why their ideas have met with such contrasting reactions from conservative Christians.
The author suggests compliance is the opposite of creativity. The result of unquestioned obedience can lead Christians to follow false teachings and false christs. The author proposes a new look at classroom control and current pedagogical practices on the part of professional and part-time church educators. Discipline is elevated over punishment while creativity, spontaneity, and discernment are encouraged over typical compliant and obedient behaviors.
The author attempts to devise an "Attitude Inventory" to identify the relationship between selected personal and institutional factors and the expressed attitudes of Sunday School teachers in the Brethren Church (headquarters in Ashland, Ohio) toward certain types of objectives. Items used were validated by approval of a jury of experts and their reliability established by the "test-retest" method in selected churches. The items were grouped in four dimensions on continua between logical opposites, e.g., "Pupil-centered--Content-centered." The selected factors used were age, education, location, sex, class enrollment, etc.