The commonality that causes community is at one and the same time simple and complex. Its strength causes its vulnerability and its cohesiveness threatens its growth. This article discusses the church leader's responsibility to understand and protect the healthy communion of his people.
Extensive work has been done in recent years to understand the structures by which human faith develops. The following article presents one possible practical application of faith development theory. Based on the categories of this theory, a discussion-prompting board game was constructed using the analogy of a river trip. Late adolescent were involved in game play along with sponsoring adults in hopes of using community to both confirm them in present faith and prepare them for future challenges. Observation of actual game play confirmed that these results were achieved to some degree. Many possibilities exist for extensions of this practical model to other intergenerational groupings.
This article assesses the state of community in the church as it relates to single young adults, discusses current research on the life issues and needs young adults face, and proposes a model of what Christian community should look like. The author seeks to integrate the developmental and statistical research, the model of church community, and personal interviews to draw together some constructive measures the church must take to better promote a sense of community for the whole church family.
If done intentionally, trailcamping offers special opportunities for life-changing encounters. There is something about the principles of community on the trail that is universal. This article discusses how the same principles used in trailcamping can be used in a local church setting with miraculous results.
This article proposes that the educational process in evangelical institutions may not support the develop of mature moral perspective. The author poses several suggestions to help correct the situation.
This article discusses the problems of subject-matter centered and student-centered Bible teaching and proposes a new "pilgrim" paradigm of education which avoids the content/application dichotomy of traditional approaches.
This article offers a theological response to Plueddemann's "pilgrim" paradigm.
This article offers an educator's response to Plueddemann's "pilgrim" paradigm.
This article examines the relationship between the administrative leadership style of a minister of education in a church and the decadal growth rate of the Sunday School during his term of service at the church. The results of a survey of directors of Christian education are reviewed and implications are drawn for ministry.
A twelve scale semantic differential instrument was developed and tested on 182 Sunday School children in grades 3-6 in five churches in Dallas, Texas. Factor analysis showed that twelve scales compose two factors that are useful for measuring children's attitudes toward Sunday School. One factor can be labeled "The idea of Sunday School" and the other "The experience of Sunday School." This instrument can be used by Sunday School leaders to reflect how children feel about Sunday School as an idea and as an experience.