Project Documents

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Zebron Ncube

Second Advisor

Jeffrey Brown

Third Advisor

Richard Sylvester

Abstract

Problem. For over forty years, the North Dallas area of the Texas Conference has been unable to create a viable, long-term solution for providing high school education. Without a shared vision for Christian education amongst the North Dallas churches, further decline is expected, as the present model of education is unsustainable.

Method. The development of a strategy and process for the formation of a shared, biblical vision of Christian education will be explored to address the challenge of providing a sustainable system of education.

Results. The development and execution of a strategy for the formation of a shared, biblical vision for education resulted in collaboration between Union, Conference the local area churches in the investment and creation of the North Dallas Adventist Academy, a new K-12 school. This has led to increased support and participation from area churches and a current enrollment of one hundred and seventy-six students.

Conclusions. Although the Adventist church is growing in North America, our schools are declining. Success hinges on our willingness to capture a biblical, God-honoring shared vision for the future of education, and develop new methodologies and processes to foster vibrant partnerships and participation. The following pages describe the formation of such a vision and the partnerships, processes and challenges to lead and navigate, diverse contextual realities in a shifting social environment.

Subject Area

Education, Secondary--Texas--Dallas

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