Dissertation Projects DMin

Date of Award

2008

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

College

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Rudi Maier

Second Advisor

Bruce Bauer

Third Advisor

Lester Merklin

Abstract

Problem

Statistics show that there are a significant number of Asian-Indians who are Zambian nationals. But the church in Zambia has not come up with a program to reach them with the gospel. Therefore, it is important to develop a biblical model of evangelism to reach the Indian communities.

Method

Studies were conducted using available data to obtain information on the social, religious, cultural, and political milieu of the Indian communities in order to develop a modality for cross-cultural mission based on missiological principles and social science disciplines.

Results

Results indicate that there is need for a training program to equip church members for cross-cultural mission. In order to help in the development of such a program, a biblical model for evangelism was developed. It shall be based on principles of contextualization to bridge the barriers existing between the church and the Indian communities. An intercultural communication tool needs to be developed to provide believers with communication competency and skills.

Conclusion

The biblically based model of evangelism developed in this dissertation will serve as a pilot project for developing future mission outreach to the Indian communities. The Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church shall also benefit from this dissertation, as it uses the principles developed to reach other Asian communities in Southern Africa.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Missions--Zambia; East Indians--Zambial; East Indians--Missions; Evangelistic work--Seventh-day Adventists

Creative Commons License

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

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/651

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