This article seeks to clarify the need for change in adult Christian education in the Southern Baptist Convention by identifying five problem areas and four concerns. After exploring these problems and concerns the author makes several practical suggestions for dealing with these problems and concerns.
How can Bible and Christian colleges product disciples of Jesus Christ? How can faculty have appropriate input into students' lives beyond the academic disciplines? Academicians, entrusted with the spiritual nurturing of the next generation of Christian leaders, can present a biblically based model of Christian discipleship without violating their academic role.
This article presents the Product Life Cycle as a marketing tool for use in the church and Christian educational institutions. The PLC serves as a marketing template in evaluating a product's market and enables the selection of appropriate marketing strategies. Administrators and strategic planners will want to make use of this instrument.
Research in the social sciences is experiencing a paradigm shift from a positivist to a post-positivist world view. This article examines this shift and discusses the application of post-positivism to the church. An emphasis is placed upon the value of reflection and knowledge-in-action as a legitimate methodology and source of research.
An anecdotal account of a learning experience serves as a paradigm for the proposition that educational programs in camping should: (1) Employ experiential methodologies that foster reflective learning, and (2) establish an ad hoc community for the purpose of education. A pilot study was created and administered as a tool for the empirical evaluation of the phenomena of a psychological sense of community.
Our preconceptions about people dramatically affect the way we live and minister. More generic than the particular prejudices of racism and sexism, our anthropoligical perspectives span an even broader bias. That is, deep down, we must each regularly grapple with the all-pervasive question: "What do I really think about others? What do I believe is their innate essence?" The "Image of God" doctrine provides significant directives for both the professional and the layperson alike. A biblical analysis of this subject is set within the context of subtle, daily life influences. Practical points of classroom implementation are also offered to combat worldly ideologies and to provide a renewed vision for the church.
A paradigm shift is needed within the local church to better accomplish the task of equipping men and women for their teaching ministries to adult learners. And the field of self-directed learning may be that alternative avenue to consider. This article explores elements of participation research, examines the concept of self-directed learning, and highlights a self-directed learning model for use in training adults for their local church teaching ministries.