Project Documents

Date of Award

1980

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

Raoul Dederen

Third Advisor

Arnold Kurtz

Abstract

Problem

In the SDA Church in South America there are deficiencies in three clearly defined aspects of the educative phase of stewardship campaigns: (1) in the unilateral presentation of the doctrine of stewardship, (2) in the methods and procedures used in that presentation, and (3) in the persons that receive the benefits of said presentation. In this project, the problem of how to improve the efficiency of stewardship education is discussed.

Method

The purpose of this research is to develop and evaluate a series of Christian stewardship meetings that differs from the series now in use in South America in its educational focus. The project is organized in two main parts. The first is a search for socio-economic, cultural-religious, and biblical-theological foundations for Christian stewardship in the South American context. The second part deals with the strategies, methods, and techniques used in the proposed stewardship meetings.

Results

The results obtained from three instruments applied to the members of the three churches exposed to the new method, indicated that a positive change in intellectual comprehension, in feelings and attitudes toward stewardship, and in the practice of Christian stewardship followed the meetings. At the same time, several suggestions are considered that might contribute to the further improvement of the meetings. While this study does not provide the answer to all the deficiencies of Christian stewardship education in the SDA Churches of South America, it does open additional areas of study for further research.

Subject Area

Christian stewardship; Seventh-day Adventists--South America

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