Project Documents

Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

William MacCarty

Second Advisor

Bruce Bauer

Third Advisor

Gorden Doss

Abstract

Problem

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, which began its ministry in Ghana in 1888, is experiencing difficulty evangelizing upper-class people. The traditional method of soul-winning, public evangelism, has been successful to evangelize middle and lower social classes but not the wealthy and well-educated class. Currently, the church and the upper-class minority are far apart. The church must update its evangelistic methods to reach all classes to finish the gospel commission in Ghana.

Method

This study presents Ghana's upper-class, their social characteristics, lifestyles, world-views, population, and social and religious groups. Interviews and questionnaires were used to discover the factors that hinder the upper class from Adventist membership. These include Sabbath observance, extramarital affairs, health principles, and lack of suitable church buildings, style of worship, ancestral worship, consultation of psychics, materialism, intellectualism, and worldly amusements.

Results

Information gathered reveals that the Seventh-day Adventist Church must update its evangelistic methods to reach all classes and finish the gospel commission in Ghana. Because of this research, strategies are designed to help all conferences in Ghana to meet the challenges of evangelizing the targeted group, the upper class.

Conclusion

Strategies discussed in this dissertation may help the Ghana Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to evangelize the upper-class people more easily in this millennium.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Ghana; Evangelistic work--Seventh-day Adventists--Ghana; Upper class--Ghana

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/510

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