Northwestern religion alum publishes article in peer-reviewed journal

Laura Jonker, a 2015 Northwestern College graduate, has published an article in the fall 2015 issue of Christian Education Journal.

Jonker’s article, “Experiencing God: The History and Philosophy of Children and Worship,” expounds upon the development of Children and Worship, an educational approach based on the Montessori method that centers on trusting God to be the leading force in child spiritual development. Her article touches on the development of Children and Worship, perspectives on Christian play and spirituality, and new insights on how to educate children about God in ways that lead to meaningful worship.

The article is the result of a directed study Jonker completed with religion professor Dr. Jackie Smallbones last year.

The Christian Education Journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal focused on the subjects of religion and theology. Published by the Talbot School of Theology, the journal has been in print since 1980.

Jonker graduated Summa Cum Laude in May with a degree in Christian education and youth ministry. In addition to being named the religion department’s Outstanding Graduating Senior, Jonker received a Faculty Honors award, which recognizes students who excel in academic achievement, Christian influence and participation in worthwhile campus activities. Jonker, a native of Brandon, Wis., works as the director of children’s ministry at American Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa.