A current trend in Christian education indicates an emphasis on "good curriculum" rather than on "good teaching." Why has this shift occurred? This article explores common assumptions about good teaching and how these assumptions affect the field of Christian education.
This article begin with a brief review of the development of research in the religious dimension. Then a review of contemporary research in faith development is presented with emphasis on structural-developmental approaches. Finally, comments are offered as to the problems of such research and guidelines for future studies.
Recent intercultural research has focused on the factors which contribute to successful technology transfer. The relevance of technology transfer research is greater than it first appears for the Christian educator since it is defined as the transfer of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. This article studies the results of intercultural research conducted by the Canadian International Development Agency.
This article reviews selected social science literature related to leadership. General themes that have dominated the theory and research are presented. Specific theorists and models re also discussed and have been selected because they offer opportunity for integration of social science and concerns of Christian leading and ministry. This article will help the Christian scholar attempt to bring the social science data under the authority he/she has placed in Scripture and the Holy Spirit.
This article critiques Larry Richards' theology of servant leadership as expressed in A Theology of Church Leadership and A Theology of Personal Ministry on exegetical, theological, and sociological grounds.
Larry Richards responds to the critique of his theology of servant leadership written by Donald Price.
Who is accountable for the spiritual growth of believers in the church? This article explores the responsibilities of pastors and laity. Emphasis is placed on the need to equip the laity for ministry. A proposed model is presented to illustrate how a church educational program could be structured to promote accountability for spiritual growth. The model includes a structure for coordinating educational ministries to promote balanced spiritual growth at all age-levels.
Parenting that is effective in communicating the faith and in encouraging moral development is examined. A study of the moral maturity of evangelical students and the practices of instilling the faith used by their parents is described. Implications of the study suggest that a socialization-approach to the faith in the home is significantly related to mature moral reasoning in children.
Children are naturally curious about death. Yet many adults have mixed emotions and are confused when talking with children about death. The Christian educator, caring for the holistic child, needs to enable the child to deal with his questions and feelings in a way that speaks to the reality of our faith while considering the child's emotional and spiritual needs.