Professional Dissertations DMin

Date of Award


Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Gordon Christo

Second Advisor

Bruce Bauer

Third Advisor

Jon L. Dybdahl



Many youth in the Adventist Church in Madras do not participate regularly in church activities. Additionally they suffer from the effects of poverty, unemployment, and family tensions.


The task of this dissertation was to develop a youth prayer fellowship that would address the problems of youth in the Madras Adventist Church.


The biblical concept of prayer groups was studied to establish a basis for the prayer fellowship. In addition, the organization and effects of five Indian prayer fellowships were studied: Friends Missionary Prayer Band, Indian Evangelical Mission Prayer Fellowship, Christian Missionary Society Prayer Band, New Assembly Prayer Fellowship and Inter-college Student Prayer Fellowship. On the basis of the theory and examples a prayer fellowship plan was made. After fasting and prayer, the program was launched in the Madras SDA Church. Eight volunteers responded, were trained, and formed fellowship groups.


Less than one year after the groups were launched, there are now sixteen fellowship groups attended by some 150 people. A majority of those who have attended the meetings have improved their church attendance, have become more active in church-related activities, and express their satisfaction with the program.

Subject Area

Prayer groups--India--Seventh-day Adventists; Youth in church work--India--Seventh-day Adventists; Seventh-day Adventists--India