Dissertation Projects

Date of Award

1994

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Robert M. Johnston

Second Advisor

Douglas Kilcher

Third Advisor

C. Raymond Holmes

Abstract

Problem

The message of country living has been repeatedly stressed throughout the Spirit of Prophecy counsels, and there has been a problem in understanding and applying the message of country living among Korean SDA members in Korea and North America. The effect of this misunderstanding has produced many problems in the area of church growth and church leadership.

Method

This project report examined the historical background of Ellen G. White’s counsels of country living and studied the writings of Ellen White regarding country living in relation to city mission. This study involved a workshop and survey for evaluation. This project was primarily concerned with the religious and moral aspects of the problem and did not attempt a systematic consideration of the economic and agronomic issues, but sought to address the principles of country living, properly applying and adapting them to any given situation. --

Results

The survey shows a significant change in understanding and applying Ellen White’s message of country living through the workshop conducted in the Georgia Central Korean SDA Church.

Conclusions

The anti-urban attitude in the writings of Ellen G. White has significantly influenced the Adventists in North America and Korea. Ellen G. White, however, does not mean isolation from the populated cities, but a natural environment for the believers’ spiritual, physical, and intellectual culture and concerns for city mission.

Subject Area

White, Ellen Gould Harmon, 1827-1915--Views on country life; Country life--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists; Georgia Central Korean Seventh-day Adventist Church (Atlanta, Ga.)

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/635

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