Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Robert M. Johnston
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has never developed a theology of worship. Therefore, the members are unacquainted with the biblical principles of worship. Too often their patterns of worship renewal are often influenced more by sociological factors and methodology than by theology. There is a definite need of a worship education program for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
A syllabus was produced for a seminar presentation on the biblical principles of worship. The seminar was presented over a thirteen-week period. Worship patterns of the College Place Village Church were discussed. A survey employed to discover members’ worship knowledge and preferences was distributed at the beginning and the close of the seminar.
A comparison of attitudes and knowledge at the completion of the seminar revealed that there is widespread ignorance on the principles of worship among the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The seminar also revealed that although there may be an increase of knowledge on the subject of worship, strong attitudes remain on what is proper for worship.
The members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church can be educated in biblical principles of worship. However, there must be a stronger emphasis by the leadership of the denomination to give the topic of worship the emphasis that it deserves.
Worship--Biblical teaching; Public worship--Seventh-day Adventists
Matson, Neal Maynard, "The Development of a Worship Education Program" (1999). Project Documents. 506.
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