Project Documents

Date of Award

1984

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Arnold A. Kurtz

Second Advisor

Roger L. Dudley

Third Advisor

Des Cummings, Jr.

Abstract

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.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Government

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