Date of Award

1989

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

School

School of Education

Program

Religious Education, MA

First Advisor

Jerome D. Thayer

Abstract

Problem Recently, considerable interest in spiritual gifts has developed and many scholars have attempted to measure them. This study was to determine whether spiritual gifts distribution is related to a specific demographic profile, and discriminates between certain groups. Method The New Spiritual Gift Inventorv provided scores for five spiritual gifts clusters, and three statistical procedures were employed to analyze the data gathered from 3 35 students. Results These results were obtained: 1. The clusters do not discriminate between students solely on the basis of academic classification. 2. Seminarians are stronger on the Teacher cluster than other students. 3. Males are stronger on the Teacher cluster and weaker on the Helper cluster than females. 4. Older students are stronger on the Teacher cluster than younger students. 5. A particular demographic profile is associated with a specific combination of gifts. Conclusions These differences among the groups suggest that believers should expect such differences in local congregations.

Subject Area

Gifts, Spiritual--Seventh-day Adventists.

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