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

Gorden Doss

Third Advisor

Denis Fortin



The majority of the Malagasy people who live in Madagascar are unreached with the gospel message. A preliminary investigation of current literature indicated that 50 percent of the Malagasy are followers of traditional religions. This present study was to develop a strategy to reach the animistic people with the gospel message.


This study presents Malagasy people, their social characteristics, population, worldviews, and lifestyles. A study;and evaluation of Malagasy beliefs and practices were developed using Hiebert's model of critical contextualization.


The study reveals that the Seventh-day Adventist Church must update its evangelistic methods to reach animistic people and finish the gospel commission in Madagascar. Because of this research, strategies are designed to help the Indian Ocean Union Mission to meet the challenges of evangelizing the animistic people.


Strategies discussed in this dissertation may help the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to evangelize the animistic people more efficiently in this century.

Subject Area

Missions|--Madagascar; Madagascar--Manners and customs; Animism--Madagascar


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