Dissertation Projects DMin

Date of Award


Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

James J. North, Jr.

Second Advisor

Robert D. Moon

Third Advisor

H. Peter Swanson



There is a need for a visible and effective Seventh-day Adventist Grief Ministry Training Program that is theologically sound and culturally sensitive that will serve the bereavement needs of both the local Seventh-day Adventist congregation(s) and others in the community.


For this study, I used formative evaluation, sometimes referred to as pilot testing. Formative Evaluation has two goals: (1) To gain understanding through observation and soliciting responses of participants concerning how the curriculum and instructional processes might be improved; and (2) to develop strategies for improving the curriculum and instructional process. This pilot training program was held September 5-7, 2003, in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Room 150, at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. Twelve Seventh-day Adventists participated in this pilot program. Six were from campus housing and six were from local communities.


Grief Ministry is vital for the faith community and provides several options for consideration to the individual or family that find themselves in need of this service after the death of a loved one. These comments from the participants were affirming. “It addressed my personal needs.” “It addressed relevant issues.” “The handouts and assignments given were very helpful.” “It promoted healing and I believe that it helped me to be in a better place.” The seminar was very encouraging as I witnessed the mental and emotional healing of the participants as they did their individual grief work. We all grew spiritually and experienced the physical strength that comes from intentionally allowing God to be a part of the grieving process.


Based on the presentations, observations, and discussions with participants, the seminar met its goal. It provided a model that can and will be improved upon. The conclusions and recommendations will be systematically implemented and evaluated in future training programs in an effort to refine the ministry.

Subject Area

Church work with the bereaved--Seventh-day Adventists; Grief--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists

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