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Factors that Make for Impact

1. There needs to be frequent, long-term contact with the model(s)

2. There needs to be a warm, loving relationship with the model(s)

3. There needs to be exposure to the inner states of the model(s)

4. The model(s) need to be observed in a variety of life settings and situations

5. The model(s) need to exhibit consistency and clarity in behaviors, values, etc.

6. There needs to be a correspondence between the behavior of the model(s) and the beliefs (ideal standards) of the community

7. There needs to be explanation of life style of the model(s) conceptually, with instruction accompanying shared experiences

Larry Richards, A Theology of Christian Education , p. 84