Attitudes and assumptions of children's ministry experts concerning cultural relevancy

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Title: Attitudes and assumptions of children's ministry experts concerning cultural relevancy
Author: Harding, Christopher Lowell
Advisor: Richardson, Brian C.
Abstract: Contributors to children's ministry produce many resources that are consumed by local congregations, determining the direction of their evangelism and discipleship with children. Chapter 1 describes the purpose of this research which was to investigate the attitudes and assumptions of significant contributors to children's ministry towards cultural relevancy as a determining factor for ministry development.

Chapter 2 addresses the theological, historical, and educational bases for children's ministry. This chapter also gives attention to the current trends in children's ministry philosophy and methodology.

Chapter 3 provides a description of the research design and experience. The qualitative process is described as well as the data collection and analysis of the interview process.

Chapter 4 describes the findings from the data collection. Specific attention is given to the categories discovered while utilizing elements of the grounded theory approach to research.

Chapter 5 provides a summary of the conclusions drawn from the findings in response to the research questions. General findings included a strong theological foundation and a passionate desire to be culturally relevant as motivators for the work of the recognized contributors to children's ministry. ministry

KEY WORDS: Children's ministry, Theology of children, Developmentalism, Culture, Postmodernism, Church and Children

Description: This item is only available to students and faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you are not associated with SBTS, this dissertation may be purchased from http://disexpress.umi.com/dxweb or downloaded through ProQuest's Dissertation and Theses database if your institution subscribes to that service.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/499
Date: 2008-12-12

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