Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Bruce L. Bauer
Erich W. Baumgartner
The Seventh-day Adventist church in Swaziland experienced slow growth from the time of its inception. Starting from 1920, when the first Adventist missionary arrived in Swaziland, to 1994 membership was 2075. This means that the Adventist church in Swaziland was the slowest growing church in the former Southern Union and among the Christian churches in Swaziland.
This dissertation analyzes: Swazi traditional history, Swazi traditional religious beliefs, the introduction of Christianity in Swaziland, how the SDA church was planted in Swaziland, and the evangelistic methods utilized by the Adventist church and other Christian churches. This approach helped in the development of suggested new approaches for Adventist evangelism in Swaziland.
The results of the study indicated that the Adventist church did not take culture and contextualization into consideration in their attempt to evangelize the Swazi. These results call for a contextual, culture sensitive approach to reach the Swazi with the gospel as preached by the Adventists.
This study concludes that effective evangelization of the Swazi by the Adventists must be anchored in the Bible and a contextual, culture sensitive approach, without watering down the message of the gospel.
Masuku, Stephen Jacobs, "New Approaches for Seventh-day Adventist Evangelism in Swaziland" (1996). Dissertation Projects. 669.
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