Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
L. Paul Jensen
Problem. The preaching diet of the Fullerton congregation has consisted mostly of doctrinal and evangelistic sermons. This is reflective of the kind of preaching one often finds in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This kind of preaching, however, is primarily designed to bring in new believers. It often fails to nurture present members. A different preaching model was needed to address this problem. The present study designed, implemented, and evaluated a preaching module for character transformation utilizing Dallas Willard’s vision-intent-means approach.
Method. Six sermons were preached. A survey instrument was formulated consisting of two parts: (a) Spiritual Assessment Inventory (SAI), which measured the sample population’s spiritual maturity on six sub-scales, and (b) Spiritual Practices Frequency (SPF), which measured frequency of practice of eighteen spiritual disciplines. The survey instrument was implemented immediately prior to and after the sermon series. Forty-nine matched surveys were analyzed using T-test paired sample analysis and Wilcoxon signed ranks test. P ≤ .05 was considered statistically significant positive change.
Results. The sample population showed significant positive change in four of six subscales of the SAI. These are: awareness, disappointment, impression management, and instability. SPF showed nine of eighteen categories demonstrating statistically significant positive change (50%). These are: fasting 1, worship 1, prayer, solitude, silence, worship 2, Sabbath, study, and secrecy. All remaining categories (50%) trended positively for change but not of statistically significant value.
Conclusions. The preaching module increased and enhanced the sample population’s spiritual maturity and practice of spiritual disciplines. While it may be true to say that every sermon transforms, the strategic use of VIM means that it played a crucial role in the relative success of the preaching module.
Spiritual life, Church renewal, Preaching, Seventh-day Adventist preaching
Baga, Melbert B., "Preaching for Congregational Transformation: a Willardian Vision-Intent-Means Approach to Spiritual Growth and Its Effectiveness in Nurturing the Faith of the Fullerton Seventh-day Adventist Church" (2012). Project Documents. 11.