Number 16 (2017)


Dear Readers:

We are pleased to share with you the sixteenth edition of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. For sixteen years, Growth has strived to provide readers with relevant original research and pertinent professional development to aid in our work with college students. We trust you have found this information useful to your work and that you will find the articles and book reviews in this current issue to be helpful in informing your work as educators.

This year you will discover five feature articles including research on spiritual formation for resident assistants, the experience of sexual minorities on faith-based campuses, conflict resolution in cross-cultural contexts, service learning embedded in academic course content, and faith integration for student development faculty. These articles are followed by a collection of book reviews intended to introduce us to new publications that will guide and shape our efforts as student development practitioners.

We are grateful to those who work to make Growth possible, including Dr. Jason Morris, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Abilene Christian University, who serves in the role of Book Review Editor. We are also grateful to four graduate students from Taylor University, David Adams, Shelby List, Rebecca Tervo and Madeline Trudeau, who have served as editorial associates supporting Growth this year. They, along with our peer review team, have put forth great effort to produce an edition that represents strong scholarship and is diverse in its coverage of topics.

We particularly want to encourage you, the reader, to consider submitting manuscripts for possible inclusion in future issues of Growth. the next edition will be published in the spring of 2018. Publication guidelines are included in this issue on the inside of the back cover and are also available via the Association for Christians in Student Development web site: www.acsd.org/participate/writefor-growth-journal/. We are especially interested in manuscripts presenting original or basic research and encourage anyone who has recently completed a graduate thesis or dissertation to submit an article.

The publication team would like to thank you for your support of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. We hope your read will be both engaging and challenging.

Dr. Skip Trudeau, Co-Editor
Dr. Tim Herrmann, Co-Editor

Full Issue



A Survey of Sexual Minorities Who Attend Faith-Based Institutions of Higher Education
Mark A. Yarhouse, Janet B. Dean, Stephen P. Stratton, Michael Lastoria, and Emma K. Bucher


Christian Service: Learning to Serve and Serving to Learn
Bill Kuhn, Scott Moats, and James Zapf

Book Reviews


Skip Trudeau
Tim Herrmann

Graduate Editorial Review Board

Editor in Chief
David Adams
Editor for Growth
Maddy Trudeau
Editor for Special Projects
Rebecca Tervo
Editor for Ideas
Shelby List

Book Review Editor

Jason Morris

Technical Editor

Elaine Friedberg

Graphic Designer/Layout

Steve Christensen

Peer Reviewers

Eli Castille
Jessica Martin
Eric Moore
Austin Smith