Presentation Title

P-12 Millennial Young Adults and their responses to the Ordination of Women within the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Presenter Status

PhD Student, Avondale College

Second Presenter Status

PhD Student, Department of Old Testament

Third Presenter Status

Department of Religion & Biblical Languages

Location

Buller Hallway

Start Date

31-10-2014 1:30 PM

End Date

31-10-2014 3:00 PM

Presentation Abstract

The Beyond Beliefs study undertaken by ClergyEd.com and the Religion and Biblical Languages Department at Andrews University investigated responses to the ordination of women clergy within the Seventh-day Adventist Church with a sample 679 Millennial young adults, approximately a third of which were born outside of the United States. This component of the Beyond Beliefs study asked if Millennial young adults agreed or disagreed with the ordination of women clergy, if the decision to ordain would positively or negatively influence their perception of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and if the decision to not ordain would positively or negatively influence their perception. Participants were also asked if they identified with conservative or liberal ideologies and if they would withhold tithe if the corporate church organization endorsed inequality in hiring practices with regard to female ministers/corporate leaders. While Millennial young adults (18-32 years) largely support the idea of women being ordained to ministry and many would have a positive to very positive response to this action, it would seem the decision to not ordain women, for many, would not be a deal breaker when it comes to their perception of the Seventh-day Adventist church and their willingness to support this church financially.

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P-12 Millennial Young Adults and their responses to the Ordination of Women within the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Buller Hallway

The Beyond Beliefs study undertaken by ClergyEd.com and the Religion and Biblical Languages Department at Andrews University investigated responses to the ordination of women clergy within the Seventh-day Adventist Church with a sample 679 Millennial young adults, approximately a third of which were born outside of the United States. This component of the Beyond Beliefs study asked if Millennial young adults agreed or disagreed with the ordination of women clergy, if the decision to ordain would positively or negatively influence their perception of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and if the decision to not ordain would positively or negatively influence their perception. Participants were also asked if they identified with conservative or liberal ideologies and if they would withhold tithe if the corporate church organization endorsed inequality in hiring practices with regard to female ministers/corporate leaders. While Millennial young adults (18-32 years) largely support the idea of women being ordained to ministry and many would have a positive to very positive response to this action, it would seem the decision to not ordain women, for many, would not be a deal breaker when it comes to their perception of the Seventh-day Adventist church and their willingness to support this church financially.