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

Jonas Edson Arrais Matos

Second Advisor

Ricardo Norton

Third Advisor

Nilson Ferreira



The worship leader has a very important role at Capital Brazilian Temple in leading praise team and worship ministry. The difficulty lies in having church worship leaders prepared for this mission, as they have no Biblical training on worship theology. The worship leaders have has directed this ministry and congregational singing more based on ecclesiastical tradition and personal taste than according to Adventist theology of praise and worship.


This research relates to the discipline of Applied Theology. It starts out by analyzing the Biblical and theological foundations of worship and praise in the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, and contemporary literature. A brief study of the history of music ministry in the Bible is then developed within the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. An analysis of Capital Brazilian Temple’s profile as a church with needs is emphasized in this project, as well as the implementation of a seminar in accordance with the vision that the church has for continuing education. The seminar involves three phases. An assessment is part so that better results for church spiritual education can be attained.


The dissertation will provide an opportunity to develop and implement a seminar to help Capital Brazilian Temple music and praise ministry expand its number of worship leaders and empower them to exercise this ministry with better knowledge and understanding on how to lead the congregation in worshiping God according to the Biblical mandate. The seminar will help the praise and worship leaders to engage in ongoing spiritual education, because they enjoy living in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 84). The worship leader will understand his or her commitment to the value of intercessory prayer. A spirit of revival and reformation is expected at Capital Brazilian Temple praise and worship ministry as a part of the three angels' messages of Revelation 14:6-12, helping leaders and congregation to seek God's desire for worship in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23, 24).


The ultimate goal of this dissertation is to develop a worship training seminar for Capital Brazilian Temple praise and music ministry, according to Seventh-day Adventist worship theology and Biblical principles. This program will offer a spiritual journey in a prayer seminar, a Biblical review on praise as well as on worship principles and Seventh-day Adventist praise and worship theology. This study will bring up a more comprehensive and balanced view of the role and responsibility of the worship leader. Also, this seminar may be used to meet training needs in this field in other parts of the world.

Subject Area

Public worship--Seventh-day Adventists; Public worship--Maryland--Highland; Capital Brazilian Temple of Seventh-day Adventists (Highland, Md.); Lay ministry

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