The Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation

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In this resource, available for the first time in paperback, twenty-five church leaders explore spiritual formation in the light of history; through specific acts of liturgy, public worship, and prayer; and in different age groups.

The editors explain their purpose in the introduction, We offer this volume as an alternative to a humanistic education which has robbed some churches of the ability to transform believers. We want to assist congregations in producing the kind of people who can witness to the world through both their words and the depth of their being. Our hope is that it will be used to educate and nurture believers in the process of spiritual formation.


"Here is a smorgasbord of essays that range wide and between them probe deep into the roots of spiritual life. Everyone who has a ministry of pastoral guidance will find something new and useful in these pages."--J. I. Packer, Regent College

"This resource volume is long overdue and will provide the kind of help many Christians have been seeking to understand and pursue spiritual growth."--Luder G. Whitlock, Reformed Theological Seminary

"It is not often that a book combining adequate coverage of the subject, accurate information, and genuine spiritual insight appears, but The Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation does just that. It draws together theoretical insight on spiritual formation for the academician and practical help on growing spiritually for the layperson."--Walter A. Elwell, Wheaton College

"What a pertinent topic. What a great group of writers. What a wealth of information. Having read through Wilhoit and Gangel's handbook of spiritual formation, I'm certain I'll be going back to it time and again."--David R. Mains, The Chapel of the Air Ministries

"The assembly of such an array of wisdom on the topic of spiritual formation is an editorial tour de force. I found myself pausing long over memorable paragraphs and beginning each chapter with ever mounting anticipation. Uplifting!"--R. Kent Hughes, College Church in Wheaton

The Authors

  1. Kenneth O. Gangel

    Kenneth O. Gangel

    Kenneth O. Gangel, distinguished professor emeritus at Dallas Theological Seminary, is a frequent lecturer and author of more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles.

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  2. James C. Wilhoit

    James C. Wilhoit

    James C. Wilhoit (PhD, Northwestern University) is emeritus professor of Christian education at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he taught for over thirty-five years. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Effective Bible...

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"As a start or an addition to your library, few books would make a better choice than The Christian Educator's Handbook series offered by Baker Books. Noted Christian education authorities such as Kenneth Gangel, James Wilhoit, Howard Hendricks, and Robert Choun have edited or written these books. Their scope ranges from adult to children's education and covers spiritual formation, teaching, and family life ministries."--Christian Education Counselor