Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Stanley E. Patterson
Some Seventh-day Adventist Church members in Chiremba West District, Harare, East Zimbabwe Conference, complained that 1, the district pastor, was not ministering to them effectively. The district has a total of seven organized churches and a membership of 5.135 (E.Z.C. Church Membership Record Book, 2008). Despite the high membership, members' expectations are that I attend all family or church programs. The purpose of the project was to discover the professional role for the pastor in a multi-church district, and also to uncover the expectations that church members have of their pastor in a multi-church district. Defining those expectations enables the pastor to understand how he can minister most effectively to the district.
Seventh-day Adventists in Chiremba West District 18-70 years of age were put into focus groups of seven to ten individuals, and questionnaires were administered to them as a way of collecting data (see appendices A-T). The research method used was descriptive qualitative. The research was approved by the Institutional Review Board (Protocol number 08-089). A balance of men and women, educational achievement, and age was more or less maintained in the sample.
Church board members, elders, and the church members in Chiremba West District joined and participated in different ministries that were introduced by the district pastor. Priesthood of all believers was seen and experienced in Chiremba West District. Bum out is now the thing of the past to the district pastor.
The church members in Chiremba West District are happy that their pastor is spending more time in church administration, training church members for ministry, and visitations. Of those who were interviewed, more than 50% agreed that the pastor's role is to empower and engage his church members in ministry consistent with the gifts given them by the Holy Spirit.
Clergy--Office; Seventh-day Adventists--Clergy; Clergy--Zimbabwe; East Zimbabwe Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Church work--Zimbabwe
Muzira, Robert, "The Role of the Pastor in a Multi-Church District in East Zimbabwe Conference of Seventh-day Adventists" (2010). Dissertation Projects. 667.
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