Project Documents

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Bruce L. Bauer

Second Advisor

Wagner Kuhn

Third Advisor

Bruce Moyer

Abstract

Problem

Brazilian Adventist women have had limited access to theological-missiological education, partly because of a hierarchical, male-centered biblical interpretation of gender relations as applied to female teaching and learning experiences within the community of faith. Although the church intends to involve women in a kind of ministry that assumes a hierarchical paradigm, this remediative action is limited to motivation, outreach, and Christian piety.

Method

This theological-missiological non-formal curricular intervention provides access to theological education as well as role models for women in the church. It attempts to transform this restrictive scenario by the interpretation of the perspective and values of the biblical text as it relates to the church and society. The intervention proposes to enhance the formation of female leadership at the grassroots through a curriculum composed of modules on God and human needs, biblical spirituality, worldview, and leadership.

Conclusions

This study demonstrates that an accessible, God-centered, transformative, and comprehensive theological-missiological education may respond to the educational and human needs of women in the SDA Church. This intervention suggests that broad implementation of the proposed curriculum would have a positive impact on the problem of female theological illiteracy through the uncovering of theological, cultural, and sociological assumptions toward the formulation of a biblical and balanced view of human nature, human needs, and the human desire to know God and everything else in relation to Him.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventist women--Brazil; Curriculum planning; Religious education--Brazil

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