Number 4 (2004)


Dear Readers:

Welcome to the fourth issue of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. The theme for this issue is "Service Learning as Student Affairs Practice". You will note, that in addition to the normal blend of basic research and applied articles, this years journal has more of a focus on reviews of recent books than past issues. This was done to highlight what we believe to be some excellent reference works.

We want to acknowledge several persons for their assistance in putting this issue together. Special thanks goes to the editorial team members Norris Friesen and Ginny Carpenter, to Arna Smith for her services as Copy Editor, to Steve Christensen for his service as Layout and Design Editor and to the twenty- plus individuals who served as peer reviewers of manuscripts submitted this year. In addition, special credit also goes to Todd Ream for his assistance in soliciting the book review manuscripts that have been included this year. Without the assistance of these individuals this publication would not have been possible.

We especially want to encourage you, the reader, to consider submitting manuscripts for consideration for the next issue of Growth^ which will be published in the spring of 2005. We are particularly interested in manuscripts presenting original or basic research and encourage anyone who has recently completed a graduate thesis or dissertation to submit a manuscript based on your work.

Thank you for your support for Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development. We trust that you will enjoy and be stretched by what you find in these pages.

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

Full Issue


Book Reviews

Editorial Board

Skip Trudeau
Tim Herrmann
Editorial Board Member
Norris Friesen
Editorial Board Member
Ginny Carpenter

Production and Design

Layout, Design, and Publication
Steve Christiensen
Copy Editing
Arna Smith

Peer Review Panel

Carolyn Arthur, Bethel College, IN
Denise Bakerink, Houghton College
Steve Beers, John Brown University
Bob Crow, Calvin College
Jim Fierra, Bethel College, MN
Dave Guthrie, Geneva College
Lori Holtmann, Taylor University
Barry Loy, Gordon College
Tim Nichols, Houghton College
Todd Ream, Baylor University
Edee Schulze, Wheaton College
Sam Shellhamer, Wheaton College
Dennis Sheridan, Azusa Pacific University
David Tilley, Houghton College
Cynthia Wells-Lilly, Messiah College
Roger Wessel, Ball State University
John Witte, Calvin College
Scott Strawn, Seattle Pacific University

Mission and Introduction to The Association for Christians in Student Development:

The Association for Christians in Student Development is comprised of professionals who seek to bring their commitment to Jesus Christ together with their work in college student development. Through the exchange of ideas, encouragement of networking, regional and annual conferences, and application of scriptural principles to developmental theory, ACSD seeks to enable its members to be more effective in ministering to students.

The roots of ACSD go back to the 1950's with the formation of the Christian Association of Deans of Women and the Association of Christian Deans and Advisors of Men. The two groups merged in 1980, reflecting a commitment to work together with mutual respect. ACSD has grown and currently represents more than 1,100 individuals from more than 250 institutions. While membership originally centered in Bible institutes, Bible colleges, and Christian liberal arts colleges, the Association has committed itself to linking up with colleagues in all institutions of higher education, both public and private. In support of this emphasis, the Association has sponsored prayer breakfasts and workshops in conjunction with annual conferences presented by major student affairs associated organizations.

Membership in ACSD is open to all persons who have or are preparing for responsibilities in student development areas in higher education and who are in agreement with ACSD's doctrinal statement, constitution,and by-laws. Members receive the Association s newsletter, free access to placement services, reduced rates at annual conferences, and copies of Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development.

In keeping with the mission and goals of the association, the purposes of Growth: The Journal of The Association for Christians in Student Development are:

  • To provide a forum for members to publish original research.
  • To encourage the membership to be active in scholarship.
  • To provide members with access to beneficial resource material intended to inform good practice.
  • To stimulate research in Christian student affairs.
  • To promote the ideals of ACSD and Christian student affairs.