Dissertation Projects

Date of Award

2001

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

James J. North, Jr.

Second Advisor

Walter B.T. Douglas

Abstract

Problem

Western civilization is now pre- or post-Christian. Secularism has entrenched itself in our culture. Many churches are still utilizing mostly antiquated methods of reaching a Christian culture. We need to discover methods to engage the twenty-first-century secular mind.

Method

This report is outlined in the following way. It gives a brief overview of secularism by defining and then tracing its origin and development. Then it gives an overview of biblical, SDA, and selected evangelical literature on reaching the secular mind. A six-session seminar was formulated utilizing Microsoft PowerPoint, to be conducted sometime in the near future.

Results

The results of this seminar will be determined after it is conducted. It is hoped that the material will bring about a paradigm shift in people's thinking, motivating them to be more flexible and energetic about reaching the twenty- first-century secular mind.

Conclusions

The report shows that Scripture envisions Christians reaching all people-groups. Adventist and evangelical authors state that culturally relevant methods must be utilized to reach the secular mind.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--North Carolina--Hickory; Non-church-affiliated people; Evangelistic work--Seventh-day Adventists

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/586

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