Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Norman K. Miles
C. Raymond Holmes
Problem. Many dedicated lay people who are involved in evangelism often lack good communication skills. Consequently their effectiveness is impaired and the gospel work does not advance as it should. This study is undertaken to discover some of the principles of communication which can help lay evangelists to communicate the gospel more effectively.
Method. With the help of Biblical resources and selected literature on the subject, the project, in part one, examines some of the modes of Biblical communication found in both the Old and the New Testaments. In part two, the project presents a training program in the principles of communication. This training program consisting of six lectures and deals with the following topics: (1) Jesus and Paul as Communicators, (2) Principles of Persuasion as illustrated in the Bible, (3) Appealing to Motives and Needs, (4) The Use of Language, (5) The Use of the Voice, and (6) Non-Verbal Communication.
Conclusions. The use of communication principles in evangelism is Biblical and will help evangelists to become more effective.
Laity--Seventh-day Adventists, Communication, Evangelistic work
Fletcher, Carl, "A Training Program for Lay Evangelists in the Principles of Communication" (1992). Project Documents. 170.