Project Documents

Date of Award

2000

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

R. Clifford Jones

Second Advisor

Jon L. Dybdahl

Third Advisor

James J. North, Jr.

Abstract

Problem. The Seventh-day Adventist church membership in Tanzania is only over 200,000 while the population is more than 32 million. There is a need of a strategy to reach these millions with the gospel. Second, there are about 250 pastors, each taking care of an average of six to ten churches. This heavy pastoral responsibility makes it difficult for them to fulfill their evangelistic responsibilities. The only solution appears to be motivation and equipping of the lay members for evangelism.

Method. With the help of biblical resources and selected literature on the subject, this project focuses on the theology, theories, and methods currently employed in the field of evangelism, to foster mobilization of lay members for penetration to reach the unreached in Tanzania. Christ’s method was examined, as well as the methods used by the apostolic church to evangelize their generation. This forms the basis for this strategy: the intentional approaches to saturate the population with the gospel.

Conclusion. This study has accomplished two things. First, it has increased my awareness of intentionality in evangelism in my own life, as well as mobilizing others to do evangelism purposefully. As a result, it is my intention not only to promote it in Tanzania, but do hope that it can be a tool that will be used to evangelize the continent of Africa and the world. Second, it has given me a new confidence in the practice of evangelizing that has taken me around the globe. Equipped with the results o f this study, I hope to help other evangelists, whether they be pastors or laity, to sense the same assurance I feel, as they labor to bring a knowledge of Christ to their world.

Subject Area

Lay ministry--Tanzania--Seventh-day Adventists

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