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

S. Joseph Kidder

Second Advisor

Eduard Schmidt

Third Advisor

Richard Sylvester



Church life is not confined to a single or normative approach to leadership. Leadership must be decisively contextual The perennial challenge is developing, implementing, and practicing appropriate leadership. This project reports how this challenge was addressed at the Alpha Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Cultural shift was fundamental to this challenge. The first step towards this transformation was establishing a theological and academic foundation. Next, four distinct phases were identified and employed in developing and implementing a team leadership approach for the Alpha Seventh-day Adventist Church.


The project concluded with an evaluation instrument, which suggests that the new approach to leadership is appropriate for the Alpha Seventh-day Adventist Church’s current ministry context.


Team Leadership is an effective approach to meet the current cultural context for ministry. However, team leadership cannot be an add-on to an existing leadership practice. A carefully crafted contextual prototype is essential to its effectiveness.

Subject Area

Christian leadership--Seventh-day Adventists; Church group work--Seventh-day Adventists; Alpha Seventh-day Adventist Church (Austin, Texas)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.



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