Project Documents

Date of Award

2009

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Skip Bell

Second Advisor

Russell Burrill

Third Advisor

Stanley E. Patterson

Abstract

The Problem. Both the Bible and the writings of Ellen White emphasize church planting as an important outreach strategy. During the twentieth century the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America has emphasized growing existing churches and institutions instead of developing new work. A new culture needs to be developed where church planting is a priority.

The Purpose. The Wisconsin Conference desires to develop a model that makes church planting a priority within its territory. This model would provide a structure of support enabling church planting to thrive even when resources are challenged.

The Method. The process followed was first to do a study of church planting in the Bible and the writings of Ellen White. Then a survey of pertinent literature followed. Five conferences which emphasize church planting were examined for best practices. Four other denominational organizations were also studied. A new model was presented along with an implementation and evaluation plan.

Conclusions. Adventist organizations who make church planting a priority usually find a way to give it support. On-going study needs to take place to discover best practices to support church planting in Adventist organizations. The Wisconsin Conference will possess a new spirit of mission when they embark in entering new frontiers for God.

Subject Area

Church development, New--Wisconsin, Church development, New--Seventh-day Adventists

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