Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
There is a perceived lack of parental knowledge and skills in first generation Latino-immigrant families that contributes to second-generation youth and young adults leaving the Seventh-day Adventist faith.
The purpose of this project is the development of a psychosocial adult education seminar geared toward Latino-immigrant parents, within the context of the United States, of second-generation children ages seven and younger. This project, however, is theoretical in nature, and has not been implemented. To assess the effectiveness of the seminar in regard to attitudinal and behavioral modifications towards parenting, a pre- and post-questionnaire was developed.
This project consists of a seven-part series comprised of three sermons and four more conventional seminar presentations that especially focus on the topics of parenting as stewardship, helping offspring to mature faith, and the dynamic effects of parenting styles on the development of faith maturity in children. Also, the project includes an extensive review of current literature on the Latino migration experience and its multiple effects on the settling and assimilation within the context of the United States.
My hope is that Latino immigrant parents will benefit from this church-based adult educational resource and, in turn, their children embrace a mature faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The project was educational and growth producing for me, further fueling my passion for parenting ministry. A seminar that I recently led, based on many of the elements detailed in this project, has resulted in many positive comments from parents and increased interest in such family ministry on the part the church.
Parenting--Study and teaching; Family life education; Hispanic Americans; Church work with immigrants--Seventh-day Adventists
Pinero-Calzada, Richard, "Discipling The Second Generation: Parent Education For Latino Immigrants" (2017). Project Documents. 440.
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