Dissertation Projects DMin

Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

College

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Ricardo Norton

Second Advisor

Werner K. Vyhmeister

Third Advisor

Nancy Jean Vyhmeister

Abstract

Conventional small groups have not achieved the expected results in middle and high classes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The research showed that there is a great difference between the number of people baptized among the lower class and those of middle and high classes. The Holy Scriptures command Christians to evangelize all people without any discrimination. Because of the potential impact of small groups, it is important to use them in evangelizing both social classes.

The foundation for small groups is in the Scriptures. Besides, there are instructions in the writings of Ellen G. White about using small groups as an effective way to reach people with the gospel of Christ and to strengthen church members at the same time. A survey of books been published in the last decades shows that little or nothing has been written about the evangelization of middle and high classes using small groups. In Santo Domingo no particular method has been used to work with the middle and high classes. The results of my survey suggest that it is necessary to look for other alternatives, or form small groups in which these classes may feel at ease. The task of this project was to design a system of small groups that would appeal to people of the middle and upper classes. A seminar was prepared to motivate and train church members of those classes to work with small groups among their own friends. A set of inductive Bible studies was created to provide study materials for these groups.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Dominican Republic|--Santo Domingo; Small groups--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists

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.

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/575

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