Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Bruce L. Bauer
Adventism in Croatia will soon celebrate its one hundredth anniversary. The church is becoming increasingly traditional and formal. Baptisms have been in decline for the last ten years. Gradually the less important issues such as life style, worship style, music, and food have become a focus. It seems that many members have lost sight of what genuine Christianity is all about, not knowing the difference between form and meanings and unconsciously moving towards formalism and legalism. Therefore, there is a need for personal and corporate spiritual renewal which can only come through a deeper understanding of God and by having a closer relationship with him.
Library research, questionnaires, interviews, and observations were conducted in order to discover how Adventists picture God and how that picture compares with the biblical view of God. Ten percent of Croatian Adventists participated in a survey that covered various areas of life including religion and lifestyle. On the basis of the research, an implementation strategy has been developed using a logffame matrix to set out a clear overall goal for revitalizing Adventist churches in Croatia. According to the implementation strategy four pilot project churches and four pastors were chosen to field test this project.
It is assumed that if a more biblical picture of God is developed among the Adventist Church members, their faith will be renewed and revitalized, the church will become more caring and mission oriented, and the members will not replace genuine religion with dead forms and traditions.
God--Attributes; Church renewal--Seventh-day Adventists--Croatia; God--Attributes; Seventh-day Adventists--Croatia
Didara, Miroslav, "Developing a Deeper Understanding of God: a Strategy for Revitalizing the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Croatia" (2005). Project Documents. 508.
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