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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 4, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310593700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310593706
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Teaching for Spiritual Growth deals with two important questions: 1) What does it mean to be spiritually mature ? and 2) What can the church do to help people grow spiritually? These questions are explored from the perspectives of theology, developmental psychology, and educational learning theory. The book integrates the three perspectives into a unified view of the teaching-learning process based on a biblical view of persons: 1. Theology: the divine side of spiritual growth. What does the nature of God tell us about teaching spiritual maturity? 2. Psychology: how God has designed people to grow. How does human development affect the process of achieving spiritual maturity? 3. Education: the learning process that produces spiritual growth. What is the process people go through to achieve spiritual maturity? The goal is to help readers develop a philosophy of Christian education that will be applicable to a variety of ministry contexts.

About the Author

Perry G. Downs (PhD, New York University) is professor of Christian education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim Orr on August 14, 2001
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This resource show how churches they can help people achieve spiritual growth. He sets forth theological perspective of Christian education. This resource includes such topic as cognitive moral, and faith development. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda J. Kindle on June 1, 2008
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I had to buy this book for a class and it is excellent. I would recommend this for any Christian but especially for those who are involved in teaching; Sunday School, Public School, Preaching, Small Group, or anything similar.
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Even though I disagree with a few points Downs makes in this book, I still recommend this book to ALL of my friends multiple times a week. So far, the best book I've bought off of Amazon to date.
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This book is also written in a way which can be applied to more than just biblical matters. Some of the concepts taught are also applicable in the office! Want insight as to why some people just aren't mature enough to handle complex problems? BUY THE BOOK!
Lastly, this NEEDS to go to KINDLE! (or nook, or w/e soft copy ebook preferred)
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By Dorothy Spann on March 17, 2014
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Book provides an understanding of the stages of life and spiritual growth. Excellent reading for Christian Education classes
Pastors and lay leaders would benefit from reading the book..
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By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2014
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Great book. Got it for my class but I will keep it for future use. It takes practical information and gives it critique Biblically.
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Perry G. Downs (PhD, New York University) is professor of Christian education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

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