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

Kenley Hall

Second Advisor

Martin Klingbeil

Third Advisor

Walton Williams



The youth department of the Southern Affican-Indian Ocean Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church (SID) has noticed a growing trend of frustration and ineffectiveness among local church youth leaders in their yearly church planning. This has lead to a high turnover rate among them due to a lack of adequate materials, poor program planning, and a clear knowledge of the department’s objectives to guide them in their planning.


The purpose of the research was to implement a Youth Leadership Training Manual for church youth leaders that would help them overcome their current frustrations and assist them in planning their yearly programs by incorporating the AY Department’s objectives. Two churches in the Gauteng region were targeted to pilot this program. A mixed methods approach was used. Structured interviews and surveys were conducted among various youth leaders, elders, and youth of the Gauteng region and the youth they lead.


This study had a positive impact among the youth leaders and their youth of the targeted churches and has empowered these leaders to effectively plan programs that fulfil the objectives of the Adventist Youth Department using Adventist youth material.


The piloted training manual will serve as a model to be used in the SID region of the church to empower and guide church youth leaders to realize their leadership gifts and experience joy and confidence in leading their youth. This research has assisted me in the development of leadership skills targeted to the youth leaders and youth of our church in the SID region.

Subject Area

Christian leadership--South Africa; Christian leadership--Seventh-day Adventists; Seventh-day Adventist youth--South Africa--Training of

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