Project Documents

Date of Award

1984

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Werner Vyhmeister

Second Advisor

Walter Douglas

Third Advisor

Norman Miles

Abstract

Problem

Due to the lack of opportunity of administrators and ministers of the Antillian Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to take full advantage of the materials that can be found in the English language on the doctrine of spiritual gifts, there is not a clear understanding of spiritual gifts among the majority of the church administrators and ministers. There is a need for them to understand how spiritual gifts relate to their roles and functions.

Method

The steps utilized in the project were: (1) a theological presentation of the doctrine of spiritual gifts; (2) studies presented by means of sermons, lectures, and seminars at Union level, conference level, and special workshops; (3) classes in which studies of the theological, historical, and administrative implications of the doctrine of spiritual gifts in its relationship to administrators and ministers were undertaken; and (4) assignments and practice to enable administrators and ministers not only to understand spiritual gifts but to fulfill their roles and functions according to their gifts and to help others to do likewise.

Results

Method

The steps utilized in the project were: (1) a theological

presentation of the doctrine of spiritual gifts; (2) studies presented

by means of sermons, lectures, and seminars at Union level,

conference level, and special workshops; (3) classes in which studies

of the theological, historical, and administrative implications of

the doctrine of spiritual gifts in its relationship to administrators

and ministers were undertaken; and (4) assignments and practice to

enable administrators and ministers not only to understand spiritual

gifts but to fulfill their roles and functions according to their

gifts and to help others to do likewise.

Results

It was demonstrated through this project that the administrators and ministers developed a broad awareness of the doctrine of spiritual gifts. They also perceived that their own spiritual lives were affected and the effectiveness of their roles and functions were related to their understanding of the doctrine of spiritual gifts.

Conclusion

Some of the conclusions arising out of this project were: (1) A careful study of the doctrine of spiritual gifts among administrators and ministers leads them to a renewal of their dedication to God; (2) administrators and ministers discovered new avenues of service; (3) a program of instruction on the doctrine of spiritual gifts is valuable, useful, and of great advantage for administrators and ministers in order to be effective in the fulfillment of their role and functions; and (4) such a program can be a catalyst for the church to experience both spiritual and numerical growth.

Subject Area

Gifts, Spiritual; Pastoral theology--Seventh-day Adventists

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