Dissertation Projects

Date of Award

1999

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Nancy J. Vyhmeister

Second Advisor

Prema Gaikwad

Third Advisor

Jon Dybdahl

Abstract

Problem

The large number of non-Adventist youth who attend Seventh-day Adventist schools have a limited exposure to biblical teachings and, therefore, are unable to make a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Method

Bible study lessons were developed to provide youth with a more complete understanding of the Bible and lead them to take a decision for Christ. The lessons address issues relating to youth needs and topics that are common to the Hindu and Christian faiths. A survey questionnaire provided information about the needs, moral development, and Bible knowledge of the target group. A variety of teaching methods was used to present the Bible lessons. The evaluation survey revealed the opinions of the students about the implementation of the strategy and also furnished information that helped arrive at the conclusion and proposed recommendations.

Result

The survey questionnaire revealed that the target group was interested in religious teaching and recognized the role of religion in their development. The youth felt that their family had the greatest influence on them and they regarded family unity of utmost priority. The evaluation survey revealed that the implementation of the strategy had positive results. The youth expressed satisfaction concerning the methods of teaching and wanted to continue the lessons. Some of the young people were contemplating baptism.

Conclusions

The following conclusions emerged from the study.

1. Adventist education can realize its goal if its role is refocused.

2. Youth can be led to make a decision for Christ if their exposure to biblical teachings is supplemented by Bible lessons outside the regular Bible classes.

3. While teaching youth, a variety of methods should be used, particularly those which allow participation.

4. Teaching religion to a mixed religious group enables youth to be open, tolerant, and respectful to other faiths.

Subject Area

Bible--Study and teaching--Seventh-day Adventists; Hindu youth--Religious life; Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools--India

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/670

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