Dissertation Projects DMin

Date of Award


Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Robert M. Johnston

Second Advisor

Douglas Kilcher

Third Advisor

C. Raymond Holmes



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.


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. --


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.


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.)

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