Project Documents

Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

D.Min.

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Nancy J. Vyhmeister

Second Advisor

Bruce L. Bauer

Third Advisor

Boubakar Sanou

Abstract

Problem

A good number of the youth in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Zambia are openly involved in immoral behavior. The youth blame peer pressure and modernity for their lack of Christian morality. The issue is whether youth in today's atmosphere can maintain a biblical norm of moral purity.

Method

A systematic study of the Bible was made. Then the writings of Ellen G. White, other Adventist writers, and other Christian authors were reviewed. This data was used to develop seminar materials for teaching Christian morality to young people. Four congregations were selected to pilot a program to demonstrate that youth can achieve Christian morality when they become more active in church programs. Eight focus groups were formed to help in implementing the project. Two seminars were held. The first was "Staying Morally Upright" and the second was "God's Healing Power." An evaluation was done before and after the presentations.

Results

The experience of discussing moral issues that affect the youth in particular generated interest for the youth and aided the determination of several to live a moral Christian life. The seminars and the evaluation done revealed that the youth were willing to change and demonstrate they can adhere to Christian moral standards. The youth were revived to lead a Christian moral life. More youth participated in church programs and chose good Christian partners and married in the church.

Conclusion

The project was to implement a program to promote Christian morality among Seventh- day Adventist youth. We now have a cadre of youth who are willing to participate more actively in church programs than those who did not participate in the seminars. Youth who had been involved in immoral behavior determined to change. They embarked on the healing journey indicated in the second seminar.

Subject Area

Church work with youth--Zambia--Seventh-day Adventists, Seventh-day Adventist youth--Zambia, Seventh-day Adventist youth--Religious life, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Zambia Union Conference

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