Project Documents

Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Bruce L. Bauer

Second Advisor

Russell Burrill

Abstract

Problem. The median age of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America is increasing due, in part, to the small percentage of echo boomers (millenials) who are currently present. Their absence reveals the need to approach North America as a mission field and teach biblical truth grounded in classical spiritual disciplines in the language of the culture of the 21st century.

Method. The development of the spiritual life as the foundation for mission in the Seventh- day Adventist Church in North America will be explored through an echo boomer church plant in Keller, Texas.

Results. Currently seventy-four people are involved in the Come and See Seventh-day Adventist Church. Our members are accepting that they are missionaries to a culture different from their own and are actively discipling echo boomers who are involved in and leading ministry.

Conclusions. The church must first seek to connect to the community through spirituality because religion in the 21st century is suspect. Biblical truths presented through a discovery of classical spiritual disciplines provide an excellent format for this to occur. What follows is the development of primitive godliness as one discovers their belovedness through Jesus Christ. This renewed relationship with Jesus leads the church into mission.

Subject Area

Generation Y--Religious life, Church work with youth--Seventh-day Adventists, Church development, New--Texas--Seventh-day Adventists, Seventh-day Adventists--Texas--Keller

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