Project Documents

Date of Award

2008

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

D.Min

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Walton A. Williams

Second Advisor

Norman Gulley

Third Advisor

Norman Knight

Abstract

Problem

The Collegedale Community Seventh-day Adventist Church has never had a program to teach lay people how to preach. Preaching is one of God’s methods for sharing the gospel and winning souls for His kingdom. Teaching lay people to preach will increase the spread of the gospel.

Method

Spiritual gifts for preaching were used as the means of selecting lay people for the preaching class. They were taught how to study the Bible, discern sermon ideas, write out a sermon and how to present a sermon.

Results

The students learned how to study the Bible and share their findings in a sermon to church members. The methods of study have been adapted into their spiritual formation and are a continual blessing to them.

Conclusions

Using spiritual gifts as a means of selecting people for preaching has its limitations. Personality, education and life experiences are possibly of equal value in the selection process.

Subject Area

Laity--Training of; Lay preaching; Preaching; Lay ministry; Collegedale Community Seventh-day Adventist Church (Collegedale, Tenn.)

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