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Spring 1993 · Vol. 22 No. 1 · pp. 61–62 

Recommended Reading

Christian Education

Bob Rempel and Gayle Goossen

Several nineteenth-century philosophers are worth checking: Thomas Carlyle, J. S. Mill, and John Neuwman. Their essays can be found in dusty corners of bookstores and provide insightful wisdom to Christian thinking.

Roehlkepartain, Jolene L. ed. Children’s Ministry that Works!: The Basics and Beyond. Loveland, Colorado: compiled by Group Magazine, 1991.

Group Magazine provides material that is innovative and exciting to teach for all ages. This new collection of essays covers many areas of Christian education and is a tool that leaders can put into the hands of their volunteers. It is easy to understand and has many illustrations and ideas for programs.

Wilhoit, Jim. Christian Education and the Search for Meaning. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1986.

Stresses the importance of purpose in Christian education and outlines models of philosophy.

Pazmino, Robert W. Foundational Issues in Christian Education: An Introduction in Evangelical Perspective. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988. {62}

Raises questions that challenge traditional thinking in Christian education. Strong foundational text using Biblical, theological, philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological, and curricular arguments.

Groome, Thomas H. Christian Religious Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1980.

Comes to grips with purposeful, lifestyle Christian education. Groome challenges educators with fresh insights into history, philosophy and practice, encouraging Christian educators to follow the model of Christ. This involves listening, hearing, and telling faith stories.

Miller, Donald E. An Introduction to Christian Education. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1982.

Christian education should be shaped by faith stories. It is important to recognize the social structure of these stories, understanding that the story will take different shapes. The context in which the learning takes place must be in the context in which the learner lives. Food for thought.

Hendricks, Howard. Teaching to Change Lives. Multnomah, Oregon: Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, 1987.

Updates an older work. Presents essentials of teaching and learning in readable, practical ways. Will motivate and benefit teachers.

Bob Rempel holds a doctorate in Christian Education; Gayle Goossen is a homemaker with long term interests in Christian Education.

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