Professional Dissertations DMin

Date of Award


Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

David Penno

Second Advisor

Skip Bell



The Seventh- day Adventist church in Botswana, although being among the fastest growing churches in the country, has not been able to reach the Basarwa tribe since 1921. This is in spite of the church’s best effort. Among the contributing factors is the apparent failure by the church to develop a culturally relevant approach that considers the Basarwa unique lifestyle and a lack of Basarwa church leaders.


Surveys were administered among the Basarwa in four districts to establish their awareness of the church and factors that hinder them from joining the church. Training on church leadership for the Basarwa was conducted. Literature was reviewed on the lifestyle of the Basarwa, the work of other Christian organizations among the Basarwa, and lessons were drawn from the government’s approaches on implementing change among the Basarwa. Finally a proposal for church leadership recruitment and training program will be submitted to the Union and the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division as a contribution on how to reach unique peoples of the world.


The project revealed a concern for the spiritual condition of the Basarwa, and raised awareness about the need for Basarwa leaders in the Basarwa communities. It also indentified some possible future Basarwa leaders who could be recruited and trained for church leadership.


On the basis of these findings and proposal, the Church should be deliberate in the recruitment and training for the Basarwa during the period 2010-2015.

Subject Area

San (African people)--Missions; Christian leadership--Botswana; Missions--Seventh-day Adventists--Botswana; Church work--Seventh-day Adventists; Church work--Botswana

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