Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Nancy Jean Vyhmeister
Roger L. Dudley
Arnold K. Kurtz
Problem. Frequently local church officers are not effective in their leadership roles because they are not prepared to serve the church. In addition to increasing their skills and competencies, they need to understand clearly the function of their position. Local leaders also need to learn to participate in the decision-making and goal setting for the local church.
Project. In response to the problem stated above, this project studied the biblical and theological foundations for ministry. It vas ascertained that ministry is a shared service (diakonia) rendered by all members of the body, in cooperation one with another. Leadership in the NT is indeed servanthood. The importance of sharing in ministry, decisions, and the setting of goals vas noted in a review of selected literature on church leadership and administration.
On the basis of the theoretical background presented in the first part of the paper, a year-long program vas developed for the church officers of the Rochester, New York, Seventh-day Adventist church. In a regular seminar these officers vere exposed to the biblical basis for church servanthood-leadership, to the clarification of their roles as church officers, and to function to the church's departments. They also had opportunity to acquire and exercise decision-making and goal setting skills. They also studied the role of the gifts of the Spirit in the church and attempted to identify and put to use those they felt they possessed. During the program, church attendance and participation increased noticeably. At the same time, church officers came to see the church as their own and vere increasingly willing to participate in its activities.
Mamanua, Jim E., "The Development and Implementation of a Training Program for Local Church Officers Designed to Clarify Leadership Roles and Teach the Concept of a Servant Leader" (1984). Dissertation Projects DMin. 194.
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