Vyhmeister, Shawna

 


The Challenge of Spirituality Assessment 
Guptill, Stephen

Measuring Spirituality: Toward Developing an Instrument for Use in Adventist Schools
Vyhmeister, Shawna


Spiritual Leadership Formation in Adventist Seminaries in the Southern Asia Pacific Division  
Casimiro, Leni and Ng, G.T.

The Role of Christian Parents in Influencing
Children: Perspectives on Faith Integration 

Luntungan, Raimond

The Relationship Between Student Religiosity, Integration of faith and Learning and Selected Congregational and Family Factors 
Biscaro, Ricardo

Family Life , Religion and Religious Practice in an Asian Adventist Context  
Perry, Graeme


Women, Religion and Spirituality in Asia
John-Mananzan, M.
Reviewed by Glenys Perry

Valuegenesis Ten Years Later: A Study of Two Generations
Warner-Schate,K. , Krause, N. & Booth, A.
Reviewed by Donald Odondi

Parenting by the Spirit
Hohnberger, S
Reviewed by Ira Farley  


PGreat Commission Companies: The Emerging Role
of Business in Missions
 

Rundle, S. & Steffen, T.
Reviewed by Ronald Vyhmeister


    

EDITORIAL

 As Christian educators, the spiritual dimension of Education is even more important to us than the academic aspects.  This issue is devoted to an exploration of spiritual issues, particularly as they relate to Education. This issue addresses various aspects of spirituality, which is inevitably multifaceted and complex.  Guptill’s essay reminds us of the importance of measuring spirituality and urges us to pay attention to the results of such measurements in our schools, since this is a big part of our mission as Christian educators. 

The article by Vyhmeister responds directly to the challenge by Guptill to develop instruments for measuring spirituality that can be used in schools.  It presents the foundation for, and preliminary testing of just such an instrument, designed for use with teenage Christians.

Casimiro and Ng do an analysis of the Adventist curriculum within Southeast Asia which is supposed to produce spiritual leaders.  What do we expect theology students to learn?  What does this suggest about what we think spirituality is, and how we think it is developed?  What can we learn from looking at patterns within the curriculum that will help us to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the graduates from the program?  What should we change in order to better prepare them for the world they will face?

Spiritual development begins in the home, but continues throughout one’s lifetime. Luntungan looks at the role of the home in integrating faith and learning, and how the home life can and should interface with school and church life.  He suggests that the parental role in faith development tapers off through life, but never really disappears, even when the children are fully grown and have homes of their own. Luntungan develops a model which describes this process, and goes on to suggest ways in which parents can be more supportive of their children during each phase of life.

Biscaro’s primary study on college students in North Philippines looks at relationships among religiosity, faith maturity, church and family factors.  This study begins to look for cause and effect relationships which might help us better understand how faith is developed, and what school, church, and home can do to better support young people’s developing spirituality.

Yet another aspect of spirituality has to do with how people actually live out the beliefs they hold.  Perry’s analysis of a large dataset (more than 3000 respondents) details the lives of  Adventist church members in Southeast Asia in terms of age, gender, years in the church, church attendance, tithe paying, worship, and many other areas.  What sort of members make up the Adventist church?  How do they live their religion?  What can we learn from these data that will help us to be both better Christians and better neighbors to our fellow church members?  This analysis is part one of an even larger study, of which part two is promised soon.

 

 

Shawna Vyhmeister, PhD
Editor, Info Journal
Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite , Philippines