Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Africa-lndian Ocean Division (SID) experiences annua] baptized membership growth of 5-7 percent. This membership growth rate however has not resulted in church organizational self- support. Efforts implemented by the SID administration to bring local fields to the required level of self-support, or conference status, in a timely manner failed to yield expected results during the 2005-2010 periods. This study project seeks to address this challenge by conducting a case study of West Zambia Field of Seventh-day Adventists.
An assessment was conducted in the West Zambia Field of Sev enth-day Adventists using both quantitative and qualitative methods to find out why West Zambia Field has not attained conference status. The assessment evaluated the six field administrators' understanding of what constitutes conference status and what challenges hindered the mission field from attaining conference status in a timely manner.
The assessment results revealed a lack of understanding by the field administrators with regard to what constitutes conference status. Field administrators were implementing strategies which failed to yield the required results. The study also revealed that the West Zambia Field region experienced socio-economic disruptions during the colonial and post-independence periods which are mirrored in the operations of the field.
This study project recommends strategic steps for transforming West Zambia Field to conference status in a timely manner. When the field becomes a conference it will strengthen the Adventist church organization in Zambia Union and SID respectively while hastening the soon coming of Jesus Christ.
Seventh-day Adventists--Zambia; Church polity; General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division. Zambia Union Conference. West Zambia Field; Zambia Field of Seventh-day Adventists
Hachalinga, Passmore, "Transforming West Zambia Field of Seventh-day Adventists to Conference Status: A Case Study" (2010). Dissertation Projects DMin. 639.
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