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

Lilianne Doukhan

Second Advisor

R. Clifford Jones

Third Advisor

Larry Lichtenwalter



Corporate worship is an experience that needs to be relevant to all. Small-church leaders face the challenge of transforming existing worship components into a more dynamic service, and increasing member involvement. Leaders at small churches have been known to express frustration trying to improve lives, and to worship in spirit and truth. Currently, there is little or no interface between the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) components of the worship service (e.g., music, offering, preaching, and Scripture reading) and current discussions of quality assurance in relationship to a more vibrant corporate worship experience. There is a need to develop a model to revitalize worship in the small SDA church.


This study presents a survey of biblical principles for corporate worship as well as official guidelines and suggestions for worship practices of the small SDA church. It integrates suggestions from current literature on worship and quality assurance with the APIE model for worship service improvement. This model is designed to assist the leaders of small churches to Assess, Plan, Implement, and Evaluate the needs of their congregation within the corporate worship experience. Consequently, this project will integrate the proposed APIE model with actual worship practices.


The ultimate goal of this project is to assist small churches to have more profundity and variety, achieve more lay involvement, and improve the worshiper’s ability to understand and communicate the Gospel message. It also should improve the quality of worship service in the small SDA church. The principles specified in this dissertation could be used to meet similar needs in other parts of the world.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Worship; Seventh-day Adventists--Music

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0 International License.


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