Date of Award
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Walton A. Williams
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laity -- Training of, Lay preaching, Preaching, Lay ministry, Collegedale Community Seventh-day Adventist Church (Collegedale, Tenn.), Andrews University -- Dissertations -- Laity -- Training of
Arnold, Jerry Douglas, "Equipping Lay People with the Spiritual Gift for Preaching in the Collegedale Community Seventh-Day Adventist Church to Preach" (2008). Project Documents. 295.
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