Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

School

School of Education

First Advisor

Eliel Unglaub

Second Advisor

Everson Muckenberger

Third Advisor

Erich Baumgartner

Abstract

Problem

The purpose of this study was to identify factors that answered the question of why are the majority ministers of the Brazilian Northeast Region not excited about the work of the small groups, even having known their work for 15 years.

Method

It is a quantitative survey, conducted during a ministerial council in 2013. It is an anonymous and objective survey.

Results

The ministers of the União Nordeste Brasileira have been working with small groups since the start of their ministry, except those who have been ministers for over 20 years. Many ministers began their involvement with small groups before completing their theology degrees. Many ministers gave up working with the small groups and started working with them again with a renewed vision from 2013 onward. They gave up their devotion to the mobilization and structuring of the church into small groups, even understanding that this is a biblical and prophetic vision.

Conclusions

It was possible to understand the difficulties that the ministers faced with regard to the small groups. They reported a multiplication of tasks and dates, and lack of experience from the field administration. They understood the small groups as important but not a priority. And the most important aspects: if there was focus and priorities, they would lead a church using the small groups as a base for their actions.

Subject Area

Small groups--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists, Small groups--Brazil, Seventh-day Adventists--Clergy--Brazil

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