Project Documents

Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Ronald Flowers

Second Advisor

Ronald Rojas

Third Advisor

Emilio Garcia-Marenko

Abstract

Problem

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.

Method

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.

Results

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.

Conclusions

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.

Subject Area

Parenting--Study and teaching; Family life education; Hispanic Americans; Church work with immigrants--Seventh-day Adventists

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