Project Documents

Date of Award

1978

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

W. G. C. Murdoch

Abstract

Problem

The so-called "New School of Integral Evangelism" which has been operating in many countries of Hispanic America for the last few years has been demonstrated as quite successful in its evangelistic approach to Roman Catholic Hispanic Americans. To discover the nature of this approach has been the problem under investigation in this project.

Method This research is a description of the nature, strategies, and techniques that this particular method uses. This was done mainly by analyzing the San Pedro Sula, Honduras, campaign, which was the first Andrews University School of Evangelism conducted by the author in the summer of 1974. The project was organized in two main parts. The first searched for sociological, historical, and theological foundations for evangelism today in the Hispanic American context. The second part deals with the strategies, methods, and techniques used by the author in his evangelistic approach.

Results

The computerized results obtained from a questionnaire applied to church members, new converts and evangelistic workers exposed to the author's method, indicated positive approval for this evangelistic approach. At the same time, they suggest some changes that could be made in order to improve its efficacy. While this study does not provide the answer to all the evangelistic problems which might be encountered in Hispanic America, it does open additional area of methodological concerns for further research.

Subject Area

Evangelistic work--Seventh-day Adventists; Seventh-day Adventists--Relations--Catholic Church

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