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

Rudi Maier

Second Advisor

Bruce L. Bauer

Third Advisor

Ken Mulzac



Progress of the gospel work among the Chinese in Malaysia has been slow. Church growth is insignificant. An important asset of the church—the young people— could be a driving force for church growth. Church leaders need to start a pilot training program catered to the needs of young people, especially helping them to grow in various aspects of their lives, and equipping them to do God’s work.


An ethnographic approach will be used to review current literature including books, articles, interviews, and questionnaires. For the benefit of the Project Director, the Malaysian culture and the needs of young people as well as church growth data from the Peninsular Malaysia Mission will be obtained and analyzed.


A strategy for a five-module curriculum in a retreat-style training setting will be developed and implemented. Evangelistic efforts will be carried out as a result of the training program. Monitoring and evaluation of the outcomes of the curriculum design, implementation of the retreat-style training activities, and evangelistic efforts will be tabulated. Hopefully the outcome of the training curriculum will be motivated young people ready to serve God.


Young Chinese Adventists equipped with knowledge and skills in various aspects of their lives will eventually benefit the church. This is in agreement with Paul’s biblical philosophy of “the more we give, the more we receive.” The success of the curriculum module training will be a positive “push” for additional training programs to be established for the young people, as well as for the church members in general. The training efforts will eventually result in more Chinese churches being planted all over Malaysia.

Subject Area

Young adults-Seventh-day Adventists--Religious life--Malaysia; Church work with young adults--Seventh-day Adventists; Chinese--Malaysia--Religious life; Seventh-day Adventists--Malaysia


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