Professional Dissertations DMin

Date of Award


Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Walton A. Williams

Second Advisor

Charles A. Jenkins

Third Advisor

Kenley Hall



This project sought factors that bring about the formation of pastoral teams.


Methods included the study of current literature, testing a hypothesis, administering a self-developed survey with pastoral teams in the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh day Adventists, and work with the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church pastoral team. Data was gathered from 30 churches, totaling 77 pastors and results were tabulated with SPSS software.


Analysis of the teams in the main cohort and Redlands revealed both support for the hypothesis and factors of team formation. These pastoral teams formed in a culture, in relationship, with trust, mutual respect, and loyalty.


Variables revealed that these teams also formed healthily with clear strategies and plans, open and honest communication, and regular time spent together in defined ministry roles.

Subject Area

Group ministry--Seventh-day Adventists; Cooperative ministry; Church management

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