Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
The purpose of this project is to develop a theoretical and practical framework for implementing a ministry of ecological stewardship for Seventh-day Adventist churches in Korea and ultimately to cultivate an environmental consciousness among Adventists. In order to identify the dynamic relationships of factors involved in eco-stewardship ministry, the study first examined the environmental consciousness and practice of the pastors and members of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Korea. Then it focused on investigating the factors that would possibly affect one’s responsible environmental behavior and the implementation effectiveness of eco-stewardship ministry.
This study used a survey design with an instrument developed to identify relationships among demographic data, eco-theology, eco-knowledge, eco-awareness, and eco-behavior. Focus group interviews were conducted to examine the sentiment of Adventist pastors and members with regard to implementing an eco-stewardship ministry.
Eco-theology and eco-knowledge were not significantly related with eco-behavior. However, eco-awareness was shown to have a positive relationship with responsible eco- behavior. The factors that were identified to be positively related with eco-awareness were eco-theology, eco-knowledge, age, level of education, and the location of residence. Pastors were more aware of the necessity of an eco-stewardship ministry and had more of a sense of responsibility for the environmental problems than their church members. Both pastors and members generally believed that Adventism does have a relatively positive influence on their practice of eco-sustainable behavior, and that many Adventists teachings are related to environmental care.
The findings of this study show that eco-stewardship ministry needs to focus on increasing the level of environmental awareness, rather than controlling the environmental behavior itself. While eco-awareness is mainly influenced by one’s knowledge or experiential information, education is a recommended approach to the ministry of creating an awareness of the importance of eco-stewardship, based on the environmentally related messages of the Adventist church.
Environmental responsibility--Korea; Environmental responsibility--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists; Environmental ethics--Korea; Ecotheology--Korea; Christian stewardship--Seventh-day Adventists; Seventh-day Adventists--Korea
Cha, Young Seok, "Toward an Eco-stewardship Ministry: Communicating Environmental Values in the Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Korea" (2011). Professional Dissertations DMin. 454.
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