Dissertation Projects

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Gorden Doss

Second Advisor

Bruce L. Bauer

Third Advisor

Wagner Kuhn

Abstract

Problem

The Reang tribal people live in Tripura State, Northeast India. The Reang are largely illiterate and most live in poverty. Sicknesses and starvation are common among this tribal group. Although Adventists and other Christian groups have had reasonable success evangelizing the Reang, many converts appear to become Christians in search of the material aid they need. The Seventh-day Adventist Church needs a systematic and comprehensive plan of spiritual nurture for its Reang converts that will lead them into mature discipleship.

Method

This study begins by developing a theological foundation for spiritual nurture based on selected biblical passages and the writings of Ellen White. A literature review outlines basic principles and methods of nurture. The cultural and religious context of the Reang is discussed to understand the setting for the project. Finally, a strategy for spiritual nurture among the Reang is developed.

Results

The project dissertation comprises a collection of researched materials and methods that can be used among Reang Adventists to lead them into a deeper, more mature life as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Conclusion

The implementation of the systematic, comprehensive training program outlined in this project has the potential to address the problem that this project seeks to address. New workers among the Reang can turn to this document as a helpful resource.

Subject Area

Riang (South Asian people)--Religious life; Spiritual formation; Seventh-day Adventist converts--India, Northeastern

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/542

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