Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Arnold A. Kurtz
Roger L. Dudley
Des Cummings, Jr.
Problem. There is a growing dissatisfaction being openly expressed toward the current procedures pertaining to constituency sessions. The perception o f many constituents is that these meetings are held for the purpose of "rubber stamping" what has already been decided.
Method. In cooperation with my major professor and the Andrews University In s titu te o f Church Ministry, I decided that an evaluation instrument in the form of a survey would be sent to a sample of the delegates present at the 1980 Upper Columbia and Idaho conferences and the 1983 Upper Columbia conference constituency sessions. Some of the findings from the 1980 surveys were used to form the planning for the 1903 session.
Results. The satisfaction level of those surveyed who attended the 1983 Upper Columbia conference constituency session were considerably higher than that of those who were surveyed from the 1900 Upper Columbia and Idaho conference constituency sessions. Likewise, the credibility ratings of the conference leadership was considerably higher than that of those sampled v/ho attended the 1983 Upper Columbia constituency session as opposed to the 1980 Upper Columbia and Idaho conferences constituency sessions.
Conclusions. The laity surveyed want to be active participants in the developing or approving of plans for the future of their conferences rather than be entertained by reports of past accomplishments. When they were given this opportunity, their satisfaction level with the way the business of the church was conducted rose considerably.
Patzer, Jere, "An Evaluation of Current Procedures of Local Conference Constituency Sessions With Recommendations for Possible Improvement" (1984). Project Documents. 215.
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