Dissertation Projects

Date of Award

2000

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Clifford Jones

Second Advisor

Walter Douglas

Third Advisor

Ricardo Norton

Abstract

Problem

Sharing the good news is an imperative issued by the Supreme Commander, Jesus Christ for all who call Him Lord. Every member of the church is a minister with the responsibility to bring others to faith. The mandate to witness to others in the context of the three angels message of Revelation 14 is of paramount importance to the Seventh-day Adventist Christian. The purpose of this study was to prepare a training program to equip lay persons in the Virginia area churches of the Allegheny East Conference on how to bring others to faith.

Method

An equipping course called, “Winning Others By Witnessing” was designed and implemented over a three month period to teach lay persons how to bring others to faith. The course was comprised of two major components, classroom and field work instruction. The classroom instruction taught the participants principles and concepts of witnessing to others effectively. The aim of field work component was to provide an opportunity for participants to practice the techniques and principles learned in the classroom component. Participants who completed the requirements of the course received a certificate. Participants who completed the course and brought a least one person to faith received witnessing credentials. The course was measured by an evaluation form completed by the participants.

Summary

Twenty-one participants received a course completion certificate. Nine of the twenty-one were awarded within one year of completing the course witnessing credentials. The participants considered the course valuable giving favorable ratings for course content, methods, and instruction. Participants indicated that they would recommend the course to others. Recommendations for improving the course were offered by the author.

Subject Area

Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church (Richmond, VA); Lay ministry--Virginia--Seventh-day Adventists

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/622

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