Project Documents

Date of Award

2005

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Bruce Bauer

Second Advisor

Rudi Maier

Abstract

The Problem

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Britain is clergy dependant and as a result the Church is not growing as fast as it could be. Members of the Church are not proficient or confident in leading a person to Jesus.

The Method

A personal profile has been established so it can be seen that much of this project arises out of my own personality and spiritual characteristics. A profile of the Greenwich community as well as the church has been established through research, interviewing, and data gathering from kept records. A Task Force Team (TFT) has been set up comprising of people trained in personal evangelism. Questionnaires and seminars were the primary means of establishing membership of the TFT.

The Results

The questionnaires, designed to establish the members of the TFT, have been completed and evaluated and nineteen people have been identified. The training process can now begin.

Conclusions

The research into the makeup of the Greenwich community and church highlighted the disparity regarding the ethnic makeup of both of them. It is envisaged that the work of personal evangelism, i.e., reaching people in their homes, will do much to bridge the cultural gap. The cross-cultural instrument and questionnaire has identified some on the TFT who would be especially suitable to work with others of differing backgrounds and cultures. To have a team of dedicated people, gifted in personal evangelism and witness, trained, and equipped to be as efficient as possible should be the aim and work of every church community if the gospel is to reach as many people as possible.

Subject Area

Witness bearing (Christianity); Evangelistic work; Lay ministry; Greenwich Seventh-day Adventist Church (London, England)

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