The Christian Education Journal

Published by Talbot School of Theology
in Cooperation with NAPCE

The Christian Education Journal is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year by Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in cooperation with the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE). The purpose of the journal is to strengthen the conception and practice of Christian education in church and parachurch settings through:

  1. Encoruaging reflection on the foundations of Christian education and implications for ministry practice
  2. Exploring the integration and application of social science theory and research to educational ministry concerns
  3. Fostering improved teaching in the field of Christian education at colleges and seminaries, equipping people for leadership in this field
  4. Promoting the assessment of our changing cultural context and of contemporary educational ministry needs, models, and trends
  5. Providing reviews of new books in the field of Christian education and other related disciplines that impact educational ministry

Editorial correspondence and submission of articles or "notes" should be sent to Kevin E Lawson, Editor, Talbot School of Theology, 13800 Biola Avenue, LaMirada, CA, 90639-001. Phone: 562.906.4598; FAX: 562.906.4502; E-mail:

Book review correspondence and submission should be sent to Jane Carr, Book Review Editor, Talbot School of Theology, 13800 Biola Avenue, LaMirada, CA, 90639-001. Phone: 562.906.4598; FAX: 562.906.4502; E-mail:

The Christian Education Journal (ISSN 0277-9935) is published twice a year (Fall and Spring) at an annual subscription rate of $32 per year within the United States and $40 for all other countries. Students may subscribe for $20 per year with proof of full-time student status. NAPCE membership includes a subscription to the journal. Annual subscriptions are available to anyone whether a member of NAPCE or not.

Upcoming Special Focus Issues

The following is a list of special focus issues that will appear over the next several years in upcoming issues of the Christian Education Journal. The names of special guest editors who have been assigned for each special issue and their e-mail address is provided so you can contact them if you are interested in submitting an article for a particular issue. Please see the guidelines for writing articles for the CEJ for more information

Bulk Rate Subscriptions for Your Students

The Christian Education Journal has a special "bulk order" opportunity for NAPCE members who serve as faculty in a Christian higher education context who wish to provide copies of the journal to their students. Orders of ten or more one-year subscriptions (two issues per year) for student use can be purchased for $10.00 per student. This is a savings of 50% off of the regular student rate. These bulk orders are shipped to the faculty member for distribution to the students. Orders must be received by August 15th for the upcoming academic year (Fall issue in October, Spring issue in April). Please contact the editor of the CEJ for further details on the bulk order program and for help in placing this order. Unfortunately, this opportunity is only for shipping within the U.S.

List of Book Review Area Editors

The following people currently serve as review editors for the seven broad areas covered in our book reviews. If you have a book you would like to see reviewed, or you would like to serve as a book reviewer, please contact an editor in the area of your expertise:

Foundations of Christian Education: (Books related to Christian Education and theology, philosophy, history, culture, Church and society, etc.)

        Dr. Norma S. Hedin, B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, Arlington, TX

        Dr. James Estep, Lincoln Christian University, Lincoln, IL

Children's Ministry and Families: (Books related to children, child development, children's ministry, parents/families with children, intergenerational ministries, etc)

        Dr. Lisa Long, Lee University, Cleveland, TN

        Dr. Tommy Sanders, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX

Youth Ministry and Families: (Books related to teens, development, youth ministry, parents/families with adolescents, etc.)

        Dr. Karen Jones, Huntington College, Huntington IN

        Dr. Wesley O. Black, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX

Adult Ministries & Community/Small Groups: (Books related to ministries with women, men, singles, married, seniors, adult development, pastoral counseling, community aspects of formation and small group ministries)

        Dr. Faye Chechowich, Taylor University, Upland IN

        Dr. Clair Allen Budd, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY

        Dr. Julie Gorman, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA (community formation and small groups)

Teaching-Learning Process: (Books related to teaching [formal or non-formal contexts], educational psychology, life-span development, course and curriculum design, etc)

        Marlene LeFever, Cook Communications Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO

        Dr. Octavio J. Esqueda Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth TX

Leadership and Administration: (Books related to leadership, administration, staff development and supervision, working with volunteers, Christian higher education, etc)

        Dr. Orbe Eguizabal, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

        Dr. Michael Wilder, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

Spirituality & Spiritual Formation: (Books specifically focus on relationship with God and formation into Christlikeness, including insights from authors throughout the range of church history)

        Dr. Mark Heinemann, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

        Dr. Beverly Johnson-Miller, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

Editorial Advisory Board Members

The following is a list of the Editorial Advisory Board Members for the Christian Education Journal, the instituion with which they are associated, and the term of their service as advisors. They are avaliable for contact with any issues or suggestions you might have for the Journal: