Number 18 (2019)


Dear Readers:

We are pleased to share with you this the eighteenth edition of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. For eighteen 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 that 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 seven feature articles including original research focusing on spiritual formation and student experiences. These articles are followed by a collection of book reviews that are 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, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Abilene Christian University who serves in the role of Book Review Editor, as well as the Associate Editor in Chief, Austin Smith, and the Associate Editors, Eli Casteel and Paige Grubb, who have provided guidance to the review of materials and publication processes of the journal. 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 consideration for future issues of Growth; the next edition will be published in the spring of 2020. 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 . 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 reading of it will be both engaging and challenging.

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

Full Issue



A Praxis Briefing: Mental Health on the Campus: Defining Challenges and Opportunities
Stephen Beers, Connie Horton, Brad A. Lau, Nathan Greer, C. Skip Trudeau, Kim Stave, and Brenda Roth

Book Reviews


Skip Trudeau
Tim Herrmann

Growth Editorial Review Board

Austin Smith, Associate Editor in Chief
Eli Casteel, Associate Editor
Paige Grubb, Associate Editor

Book Review Editor

Jason Morris

Graphic Designer/Layout

Naomi Noyes

Peer Reviewers

Griffin Gardner
Christina Brandsma
Ashley Smith
Geoff Nelson
Jacob Gerding
Josh Meredith
Jen Cline