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Michael S. Lawson

Senior Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership

BBA, University of North Texas, 1965; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1969; PhD, Oklahoma University, 1983.

Dr. Lawson invested seventeen years in pastoral work and Christian education before returning to teach at DTS in 1986. His special concern for Christian education in the developing world has guided his international preaching and teaching schedule to scores of countries around the world. In recent years numerous international Bible colleges and seminaries have requested his help in curriculum design and faculty development. His recent focus has been on developing the Family Ministry, Advanced Academic Ministry, and Chinese cohorts within the Doctor of Educational Ministry Degree program.

Courses Taught

  • EML5101 - Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership
  • EML5205 - Small Group Process in Ministry
  • EML5215 - Teaching in Christian Higher Ed
  • EML5220 - Creativity
  • EML5410 - Effective Ministry with Children
  • EML5425 - Effective Ministry with Adults
  • EML5501 - The Christian Home: Dynamics of a Christian Marriage
  • EML5503 - The Christian Home: Dynamics of a Christian Family
  • EML5515 - Family Life Education
  • EML5615 - Applied Skills for Ministry Staff
  • WM5405 - Christian Education in Intercultural Contexts
  • DE7101 - The Educational Ministry Leader
  • DM7102 - Applied Research Project Development Seminar
  • DM7103 - Applied Research Project
  • DM7305 - Select Topics of CE Issues in Today's Ministry
  • DM7356 - Marriage and Family Ministry Cohort


Academic Interests

Philosophy and practice of Christian Education


DTS Voice Videos

Righteousness: An All Purpose Word
What I've Learned About Love
Weighed and Found Wanted?

Journal Articles

  • "Howard G. Hendricks–A Biographical Sketch." Christian Educators of the 20th Century 2009.
  • "Kenneth O. Gangel-A Biographical Sketch." Christian Educators of the 20th Century 2009.
  • Review of "Change across Cultures: a Narrative Approach to Social Transformation." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:642). 2004. 255-256.
  • "Kenneth O. Gangel: A True Educational Leader." Christian Education Journal (1:2). 2004. 45-53.
  • "Howard Hendricks: A Teacher Who Changes Lives." Christian Education Journal (1:2). 2004. 63-71.
  • Review of "Forging a Better Religious Education in the Third Millennium." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:638). 2003. 254-255.
  • Review of "How We Learn: a Christian Teacher's Guide to Educational Psychology." Bibliotheca Sacra (155). 1998. 504-505.
  • Review of "The Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation." Bibliotheca Sacra (154). 1997. 255-256.
  • "Look Who's Going to Seminary." Christianity Today (41:2). 1997. 104-135.
  • Review of "Teaching for Spiritual Growth: An Introduction to Christian Education." Bibliotheca Sacra (153). 1996. 383-384.
  • Review of "Teaching As Jesus Taught." Bibliotheca Sacra (153). 1996. 232-233.
  • Review of "The Effective Minister of Education: A Comprehensive Handbook." Bibliotheca Sacra (153). 1996. 254-255.
  • Review of "Rethinking Christian Education: Explorations in Theory and Practice." Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 504-506.
  • Review of "Why Nobody Learns Much of Anything at Church, and How to Fix It." Bibliotheca Sacra (151). 1994. 380-380.
  • Review of "Communication and Conflict Management in Churches and Christian Organizations." Bibliotheca Sacra (151). 1994. 248-249.
  • Review of "Teaching for Reconciliation: Foundations and Practice of Christian Educational Ministry." Bibliotheca Sacra (150). 1993. 509-509.
  • Review of "Maximize Your Ministy." Bibliotheca Sacra (149). 1992. 382-382.
  • Review of "Hiding from Love: How to Change the Patterns of Withdrawal That Isolate and Imprison You." Bibliotheca Sacra (149). 1992. 384-384.
  • "The Sunday School and the Great Commission." Gospel Herald and The Sunday School Times 1992.
  • Review of "The Master Plan of Teaching." Bibliotheca Sacra (148). 1991. 379-380.
  • Review of "Parents' Most-Asked Questions about Kids and Schools." Bibliotheca Sacra (148). 1991. 255-255.
  • Review of "Revisioning the DRE." Christian Education Journal (11). 1991. 119-121.
  • Review of "A Christian Philosophy of Education." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 235-236.
  • "Christian Camping: Decompression for Pressured Kids." Christian Education Today 1987.
  • "NADCE: Building on Its Past, Looking Toward the Future." Christian Education Today 1987.
  • "Disciplining Children at Church." Christian Education Today 1986.
  • Review of "Multiple Staff Handbook." Christian Education Journal (7:1). 1986. 92-94.
  • "Adult Ministries—An Indirect Approach." Christian Education Today 1985.