This article examines the disciplinary character of Christian education. A conception of Christian education's "object of study" and a methodological framework for research are proposed. The author's goal is to suggest a direction for scholars and researchers which might strengthen Christian education as a discipline.
The purpose of this article is to generate thinking about why Christian educators are doing what they are doing. As they face the 21st century, a reassessment of the contemporary Christian education setting must be made to see if it is ready to confront the challenge of that new century. Christian educators must be willing to take a long, hard look at their field of ministry and ask whether it is accomplishing all that the biblical mandate requires.
This article proposes 10 steps to Sunday school revival based upon available research on attendance, demographic facts, and the author's subjective observation of almost 30 years of Christian education ministry. The author states that the goal of Christian education for the rest of this century is to demonstrate the dynamic of what can be and should be in the life of evangelical Sunday schools.
Millions of children and adults have attended Sunday school over the past 200 years. What do they learn there? Specifically, how do the traditions of teaching, the physical structure of the classroom, and the materials used mold the education of those who attend? This article, in a small way, begins to look critically at the pedagogy of the Sunday school.
Current research on effective teaching in public schools has resulted in findings with implications for the practice of Christian education in the local church. In this article, the goals, context, and content of Christian education are reviewed, four common issues raised, and the findings of effective teaching research applied to this educational undertaking. Cautions are given regarding the limits of application to this unique setting.
By its emphasis on affect over cognition, freedom over discipline, and need-fulfillment over academic skills, humanistic education fostered a New Age philosophy in which self is the only important reality. We can now assess its long-term impact on traditional values and learning behavior.
This article attempts to discover the headwaters of the parachurch high school ministry. One high school based club did originate earlier than all the others, was widely publicized in The Sunday School Times, and can be found in the records of club programs like Young Life, Hi-C, and Voice of Christian Youth. That club was the Miracle Book Club founded by Evelyn McClusky in 1933.