We are most fulfilled as individuals not by flying solo, but by taking our place within the community and making a contribution that is uniquely us. The author introduces this theme issue of the CEJ on the interdependent aspect of our kingdom living.
An author of a book on Paul and community traces the biblical, theological underpinnings of community in the Old Testament and early church.
This article focuses on eight developmentalism principles that undergird effectiveness in transformational groups.
One of the most common challenges faced by small group leaders is getting groups unstuck. It is often more difficult to get a group out of a rut than it is to start a new one. This article will examine the problem of stuck groups through the synthesis of two theoretical frameworks: paradox and forced field analysis. It will also suggest possible solutions to some common obstacles faced by leaders of stuck groups.
The author traces the largely individualized approach to spiritual direction over the centuries and calls for a strengthening of community in this area.
Home cell ministries are spreading throughout the world, crossing cultural, economic, ethnic, and denominational boundaries. The author looks at the theological and historical foundation as well as the development and implementation of this model.
A long-time small group enabler calls for group Bible studies to utilize more right brain cultivation.
Too much of today's curriculum teaches only with human authority rather than with the authority of God. The authors examine three aspects of the authority crises and suggest that the Bible must be approached in a way that allows the text to set the agenda.
Too often the curriculum is understood by religious educators to be merely the "quarterlies" and other printed materials. This definition is too narrow. A broader definition includes the intended and unintended teaching and learning designs for the learners. If religious educators are to fulfill their role as curriculum designers, we need to analyze the curriculum debate within the church.
This research studied the reasons adults give for not participating in church-based education opportunities of Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in the South Pacific District of the United States. 232 adults completed a 41-item adoption of the Deterrents to Participation Scale. A factor analysis of the responses identified seven subscales: Time Constraints, Schedule Conflicts, Lack of Relevance, Family Constraints, Low Personal Priority, Personal Problems, and Lack of Confidence. Socio-demographic variables gender, marital status, life-cycle stages, and size of church were studied as well. All of the variables demonstrated at least minimal relationship to the identified factors.