This article examines a number of significant cultural factors impacting today's young people, as well as many adolescent characteristics that grow out of these influences. Practical suggestions are also given as to how the youth worker can minister to those who make up our current youth culture without becoming part of it.
The Sonlife Strategy is a philosophy of youth ministry breeding discipling youth programs. But it has a weakness--it lacks an appropriate paradigm. The traditional paradigm for children and youth has flowed from the pedagogical tendencies of formal education. This article contends that the paradigm of adult nonformal education is better for youth ministry. And implementing the Sonlife Strategy through the grid of nonformal education can bring about discipleship at all levels of student interest.
One of the most neglected groups within both church and parachurch ministries in this century has been that of the early adolescent. For decades, it has been overshadowed and sometimes swallowed up by heavy emphasis upon high school ministries. Though the 1980s have reflected a positive tend in the progress of junior high work, Mohler and Fortosis underscore convincingly the need for a greater understanding of the unique stage of early adolescence. Also included in the article are brief profiles of the early adolescent leader, effective junior high teaching approaches, and recommendations for the future of junior high ministries.
This research takes a look at the job satisfaction of youth pastors in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The study examines the relationship between levels of job satisfaction and career development cycles as determined by life cycle stages, job tenure, and total years in the ministry.
The research in this article was designed to answer the question: What is the nature of the relationships that exist between perceived parenting style, and the religiosity and spiritual well-being of the Christian students who attend one of three selected colleges in the Midwest/
Stress, if left unresolved, can have a major impact on the longevity of those in Christian service. With today's overwhelming needs and opportunities for Christian impact, the need to nurture and retain capable, young Christian leaders is paramount. In order to nurture these developing leaders in today's "high stress" society, ministry supervisors must be prepared for the possibility of emotional depletion or "burnout' in the workers they direct.
This article discusses the nature of lesson content according to the theory of James Michael Lee, and focuses on the significance of Jesus' affective content in the footwashing narrative. Using an integrative approach, the discussion centers on the theme and characteristics of Jesus' love, and suggests that affective content objects may be inferred from His teaching model.
Dr. Walter Scott Athearn maintained that the ultimate health, growth, and purpose of public schools could only be achieved when adequate "shared time' was provided for instruction on spiritual and moral behavior which only the churches could provide. But, there is more than Athearn's "shared time" ideal that ought to be revived today.
Though evangelicals recognize that salvation is somehow a "drama," perhaps they could do better in understanding the nature of the art and how it can be used to communicate the truth of God. If salvation is a drama, then drama may be one of the most effective media in communicating this reality to the world.