Project Documents

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Jorge Mayer

Second Advisor

Ricardo Norton

Third Advisor

Eduard Schmidt

Abstract

Problem

Families of Lima Drive Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lexington, Kentucky (LDHSDAC) are going through a stage o f challenges which are manifested in dysfunctional interactions between spouses, as well as on the method o f teaching the children and dealing with family issues. When these inconsistencies go beyond the household, they affect the church and the effectiveness o f the gospel.

Methodology

The Researcher proceeded to examine the literature about family and evangelism. An analysis of the challenges faced by the modem Latino families in North America was made, as well as the evaluation o f their needs in the LDHSDAC. Based on this information a Seminary on Family Education was established in order to meet their needs.

Results

At the end o f the Project, the Researcher observed positive changes in the way parents interacted with their children on areas like children education. In addition, a large number of children from Seventh-day Adventist parents attending worship services, church activities, as well as active in missionary work were noted. As a result, more families were added to the church, and a great passion to labor for Christ among individual as well as families was observed.

Conclusion

The parents who satisfy the essential needs of their children are also capable of transmitting to their children the Christian values in a more practical and effective manner. Family education with Christ as the center is a resource o f double benefit for the church. It strengthens family interaction in the congregation; it also serves as a strategy to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Subject Area

Church work with Hispanic Americans--Kentucky; Family life education--Kentucky; Seventh-day Adventists--Kentucky--Family relationships; Hispanic Americans--Kentucky--Lexington; Hispanic Americans--Family relationships

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