Dissertation Projects

Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Skip Bell

Second Advisor

Mzonzima Gwala

Third Advisor

David Penno

Abstract

Problem

Since being organized in 1984, the North Botswana Field (NBF) has been aspiring to become a conference but had been hindered by a number of factors. However, in 2008 it managed to qualify for conference status. This project was to evaluate the prevailing circumstances in North Botswana Field between 2005 and 2008 to discover critical factors that contributed to the rapid growth of the work in North Botswana Field, resulting in it qualifying for conference status in May 2008.

Method

The methodology used for gathering information in this project was not intended to be scientific or to be used for reporting data. It was intentional. However, quantitative and qualitative methods were used. Mouton (2001) defines qualitative studies as those that “focus on the subjective experience of individuals and it is sensitive to the contexts in which people interact with each other,” while quantitative studies, on the other hand, are aimed at finding facts about a situation (pp. 194—195). In my research, I sought to test my three assumptions.

Results

From the information gathered, it is my conclusion that the comprehensive growth of the organization was propelled by three main factors: a compelling vision by leadership, a smooth system of operation throughout the organization, and a strong spiritual emphasis.

Conclusions

In implementing organizational change, a Christian entity would do well to consider the spiritual, leadership, and organizational factors. These principles seem to work together and can be applied at any level, including churches, districts, and higher organizations.

Subject Area

North Botswana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Seventh-day Adventists--Africa, Southern--Government

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/529

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