Project Documents

Date of Award

1993

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

George R. Knight

Third Advisor

Douglas R. Kilcher

Abstract

In 1990, the Seventh-day Adventist Church set itself the goal of establishing a presence in each of the 2,313 unentered population segments of one million people. This task, which it intends to finish by the year 2000, constitutes a great challenge that can be met on the condition that the right approach is used. This project report suggests tentmaking as a viable strategy for reaching that goal.

Part One of this project lays the foundation for the involvement of lay people in tentmaking ministries by analyzing:

1. The gospel commission in biblical and theological perspectives

2. The biblical and theological concept of the laity

3. The principle of self-support as modeled by Paul, and as applied by Protestant mission strategists and SDAs.

Part Two of this project deals with the practical aspect of the tentmaking ministry. First, it presents the urgent need of enlisting tentmakers in areas which prohibit or restrict missionary activities. Provision made by the SDA Church for the involvement of laity as self-supporting missionaries is critically reviewed. Second, means and reasons are given and suggestions are made for promoting tentmaking ministries and recruiting candidates and supporting them. The third section develops a training seminar that would equip lay people to witness in a cross-cultural setting while engaged in a secular job.

Subject Area

Lay ministry--Seventh-day Adventists, Missionaries, Part-time

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