Series 1

Volume XIII, Issue 3

Spring 1993

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  1. Close Encounters-The Real Thing

    By Dr. Julie A Gorman — Pages 9-17

    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.

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  2. The Biblical Approach to Community

    By Robert Banks — Pages 18-28

    An author of a book on Paul and community traces the biblical, theological underpinnings of community in the Old Testament and early church.

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  3. Small Groups and Developmentalism

    By John M Dettoni — Pages 29-38

    This article focuses on eight developmentalism principles that undergird effectiveness in transformational groups.

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  4. A Fresh Look at Stale Groups

    By Thomas L Rousseau — Pages 39-48

    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.

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  5. Patterns of Spiritual Direction

    By Dr. James A Davies — Pages 49-66

    The author traces the largely individualized approach to spiritual direction over the centuries and calls for a strengthening of community in this area.

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  6. The Utilization of Home Cell Groups in Leadership Development and Local Church Ministry

    By J Gregory Lawson — Pages 67-73

    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.

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  7. Imagination and Bible Study in Groups

    By Richard V Peace — Pages 74-82

    A long-time small group enabler calls for group Bible studies to utilize more right brain cultivation.

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  8. Bible-Based Curricula and the Crisis of Scriptural Authority

    By Dr. John H Walton and Dr. Laurie D Bailey and Dr. Craig Williford — Pages 83-94

    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.

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  9. Analyzing the Curriculum Debate

    By Dr. Joe D Marlow — Pages 95-101

    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.

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  10. Identifying Reasons for Nonparticipation in Christian Education Classes in Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches of the South Pacific District

    By Dr. Harley T Atkinson — Pages 102-117

    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.

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  11. Research Notes

    By — Pages 118-124

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  12. Book Reviews

    By — Pages 125-129

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