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

Erich W. Baumgartner

Second Advisor

Stanley E. Patterson

Third Advisor

Lester Merklin

Abstract

Problem. The Seventh-day Adventist Church members in Kenya often experience misunderstandings and negative conflicts in their homes, places of work, schools, and churches as a result of a lack of understanding of the uniqueness of individual differences. When these misunderstandings lead to strained relationships, they are a real hindrance to the accomplishment of the core mission of the church in Kenya. Additionally, they often prevent successful endeavors to witness to non-Christians. This problem affects not only the laity, but also the clergy and all leaders engaged at different levels of organizations in society.

Method. The task of the project is to develop and determine a plan of implementation for a foundational training program on people differences for pastors in the field and those serving in conferences/ fields, and union offices in Kenya. In turn, as leaders they will lead in similar seminars throughout Kenya for understanding on people differences and how to work with the same differences amicably as a community of faith. The program will use the MBTI as the assessment instrument for participants and guide them in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their personality profiles, and to interpret MBTI results for others. Specific emphasis will be given to developing skills in teaching cooperation and team building for leaders. The seminar will use instructional strategies that will model cooperation, active learning, and experiential learning to foster a “learning by doing” model.

Conclusion. The training program developed to train pastors as trainers of trainers will go a long way to help all trainees first and foremost understand their personal profiles after taking the MBTI inventory in preparation for affecting the same experience in others. As a result, they will develop an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses, and finally develop skills of communication and teamwork building as they seek to train others to appreciate and leverage the unique differences of each member of God’s community to become a healthy functioning body.

Subject Area

Christian leadership--Kenya, Clergy--Kenya--Training of, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

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