Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Problem. For over forty years, the North Dallas area of the Texas Conference has been unable to create a viable, long-term solution for providing high school education. Without a shared vision for Christian education amongst the North Dallas churches, further decline is expected, as the present model of education is unsustainable.
Method. The development of a strategy and process for the formation of a shared, biblical vision of Christian education will be explored to address the challenge of providing a sustainable system of education.
Results. The development and execution of a strategy for the formation of a shared, biblical vision for education resulted in collaboration between Union, Conference the local area churches in the investment and creation of the North Dallas Adventist Academy, a new K-12 school. This has led to increased support and participation from area churches and a current enrollment of one hundred and seventy-six students.
Conclusions. Although the Adventist church is growing in North America, our schools are declining. Success hinges on our willingness to capture a biblical, God-honoring shared vision for the future of education, and develop new methodologies and processes to foster vibrant partnerships and participation. The following pages describe the formation of such a vision and the partnerships, processes and challenges to lead and navigate, diverse contextual realities in a shifting social environment.
Hunt, Paul A., "A Strategy for the Formation of a Shared Vision Among the Churches of North Dallas to Address the Challenge of Secondary Education" (2011). Dissertation Projects DMin. 60.
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