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

Bruce L. Bauer

Second Advisor

Rudi Maier



The number of pastors in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary increased significantly since 1989. In 2002, 70 percent of the pastors had less than fifteen years in ministry. The members’ expectations of their pastor have changed and become widely polarized. Since there is not an evaluation and affirmation system in place, many of the pastors struggle to find satisfaction in pastoral work. One of the major premises of this project is that pastors are central figures in the church and the success of God’s work is largely dependent on how effectively pastors function.


A Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and four additional assessment tools Dick and Miller’s Profile of Congregational Leadership were administered to the Hungarian Adventist pastors with the goal of assisting each pastor to better face the many changes and challenges in society.


A strategy was developed to improve professional competencies, spiritual assessment, and the placement of Hungarian pastors. The strategy will be implemented and assessed partly through this Doctor of Ministry project, and further recommendations will be given to different entities concerned in Hungary. This strategy will improve the relatively young pastoral team’s leadership skills, will improve cultural sensitivity, and will help the pastoral team grow in gift-based ministries. This project will also help the administration of the church in Hungary to follow a preference-based pastoral placement plan.


If pastoral competencies are maximized pastors can successfully fulfill the role of a change agent in the church to prepare the members to impact their community and society in Hungary.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Hungary--Clergy; Seventh-day Adventists--Clergy--Job satisfaction; Job satisfaction--Religious aspects--Seventh-day Adventists; Clergy--Job satisfaction

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