Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Bruce Campbell Moyer
The first Adventist missionaries came to Northern Nigeria in 1930. Their intent to establish medical and evangelistic work in Southern Kaduna was restricted by three opposing factions. These were Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), Islam and African Traditional Religion (ATR). They frustrated the indigenous people from understanding the concept of the missionaries. Eighty years later there is still no Adventist presence in this area, which is part of the 10/40 Window that encompasses all of Northern Nigeria. During these 80 years no Adventist Church has been established in this region. There is, therefore, a need to develop a church planting strategy for the Seventh-day Adventist Church to reach Muslims in Northern Nigeria.
Current literature dealing with church planting in general and among the Muslims in particular has been reviewed through library research. These include books, journals, and articles on church planting strategies, critical contextualization, and Muslim evangelism. Seminars, workshop, and training programs will be conducted for the pastors, laity, and global mission pioneers. Demographic data of Zangon-Kataf district will be collected and analyzed. A profile of people groups in this region will be developed. A strategy for church planting will be developed for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northern Nigeria.
This project dissertation is designed to create a church planting strategy to be used by the Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders working among Muslims in Northern Nigeria. The achievement will begin to fulfill the mission of the pioneering missionaries, who viewed the area as the best opening for church-planting and the Seventh-day Adventist global mission. It will also increase my knowledge of mission and deepen the quality of my spiritual wellbeing. The research will provide contextualized church planting concepts that may potentially be beneficial to others and serve as a source of motivation for mission. The success of this project will contribute to the fulfillment of the gospel commission in Matthew 28:19-20.
Church development, New--Nigeria, Northern; Seventh-day Adventists--Missions--Nigeria, Northern; Missions to Muslims--Nigeria, Northern
Daria, Francis F., "A Strategy for Church Planting in Northern Nigeria Beginning in Zangon-Kataf" (2011). Dissertation Projects DMin. 527.
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