Project Documents

Date of Award

1994

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Bruce L. Bauer

Second Advisor

Jon L. Dybdahl

Third Advisor

Philip G. Samaan

Abstract

The Seventh-day Adventist Church appears to have grown dramatically in Ghana. Of the four fields in Ghana, the Central Ghana Conference was organized in 1933 and has a membership of 88,380. The South Ghana Conference, organized in 1987, has a membership of 38,573. The North Ghana Mission, organized in 1968, has a membership of 157,532, Ahantas form 1.9 percent. Not even 5 percent of the total union membership is of the middle class who control the economy of the country.

This Doctor of Ministry dissertation suggests a Sequence Evangelism Seminar as a viable strategy for reaching the rich Ahanta middle class who will help to expand the word of God in Ahantaland.

Chapters 1-4 of this project lay the foundation for the development of a strategy to evangelize the Ahanta middle class by analysing:

1. The cultural identity, historical important, religious practices, and traditional beliefs, and characteristics of the target group.

2. The biblical, Spirit of Prophecy, and historical basis for the suggested strategy.

3. The methods the early Christian missionaries used in evangelizing the Ahanta and why they failed.

The last chapters of the project deal with six suggested principles and practices which should be applied in evangelizing the Ahanta middle class. Provision is made in strategy for the involvement of the educated laity in order that they may reach out to their contemporaries. Training seminars and a step-by-step approach of the strategy is explained in easy-to-follow steps so that the laity can be part of this team approach.

Subject Area

Evangelistic work--Ghana

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