Religious Education Association (REA)

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Quote from webpage:  REA is rich with diversity; its membership includes those from the Baha’i, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and other traditions involved in all aspects of religious education

( The REA is a a member of North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) . Being associated with these organization should concern anyone who believes the Scriptures to be the truth.)

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Dean G. Blevins of Nazarene Theological Seminary was voted president elect of the RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION:

The words” in the world but not of it”  come from the words of Jesus in His High Priestly prayer as recorded in John 17 verses 15-16: ” I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world just as I am not of the world.” Here Jesus is praying for His disciples, (and for us, for He says in verse 20″ I do not pray for these alone, but for all those who will believe in me through their word.”). This is a pray of protection from the evil one as Christians  take the Gospel into the world. Therefore we are in the world spreading the gospel hence not of the world. Jesus is not praying for isolation but rather insulation against the evil one.

Dean G. Blevins was voted president elect of the RELIGIOUS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (REA).

Quote from (REA) wedsite: Mission

The mission of the Religious Education Association is to create opportunities for exploring and advancing the interconnected practices of scholarship, research, teaching, and leadership in faith communities, academic institutions, and the wider world community. The Association accomplishes its mission in four ways:  Through sharing, critiquing and encouraging publication of substantive research, probing scholarship and practical approaches to religious education (particularly through its journal Religious Education); Through ecumenical, inter-religious, and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and inter-professional dialogue that stimulates members to recall and examine historic traditions and explore fresh visions of religious education for the diverse and ever-changing human family in our complex world community;

NTS professor (Dean G. Blevins) accepts new leadership roles in global education

Kansas City, Missouri

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dean G. Blevins, professor of Christian education and director of the master of arts in Christian education degree program at Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) recently accepted two new leadership roles that provide new responsibilities for the global church and greater influence within the academic discipline of Christian education.

On November 24, 2009, Blevins was voted president-elect of the Religious Education Association (REA), the oldest organization guiding professional research and academic teaching in global educational ministry. The mission of the REA is to create opportunities for exploring and advancing the interconnected practices of scholarship, research, teaching, and leadership in faith communities, academic institutions, and the wider world community.

Founded in 1903, REA now combines professional practitioners, academics, and research theorists from around the world. Blevins, who has been a member of the REA Board of Directors, will serve a three-year term that includes serving as program chair of the annual meeting in 2010 and officially taking the role of president in 2010-2011.

In addition to this position, the Church of the Nazarene’s Board of General Superintendents recently appointed Blevins as the USA regional education coordinator and consultant for the Church of the Nazarene. Under this new role, Blevins will serve as chair and resource for the USA Regional Course of Study Advisory Committee and also as the U.S. representative to several global committees, including the International Course of Study Advisory Committee (which oversees planning for ministry education around the world) and the International Board of Education. Working with Clergy Development, Blevins will resource educational institutions in planning ministry education, and be responsible for other program areas including the next Global Theology Conference.

Commenting on the two new positions Blevins stated, “It is gratifying to have the opportunity to influence the future of my academic field and also serve the general church at the same time. I am thankful to NTS for providing a context where academic passion and ministry dedication merge together. I am also grateful to an institution that allows me space to serve in these global positions. Undoubtedly the experiences I gain from these leadership roles will enrich students and ministry preparation at Nazarene Theological Seminary.”

Blevins has maintained an active role in several academic organizations including the North American Professors of Christian Education, and the Wesleyan Theological Society where he has chaired the practical theology section for nine years. He has also served the general church as a consultant to children, youth, and adult ministries; and recently contributed to a new denominational study concerning family ministry. In October 2009, Blevins was re-elected chairman of the Board of YouthFront, a regional youth ministry based in Kansas City with national education programming in youth ministry and youth spiritual formation.


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