Project Documents

Date of Award

1992

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Norman K. Miles

Second Advisor

Roy Naden

Third Advisor

C. Raymond Holmes

Abstract

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.

Subject Area

Laity--Seventh-day Adventists, Communication, Evangelistic work

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