Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
The purpose of this dissertation is to outline the process of constructing a new place of worship for the Downsview Seventh-day Adventist Church in Toronto, Canada. It can also serve to help other church congregations design and build appropriate places of worship.
The Downsview Church had been renting worship space for more than sixteen years. The use of rented space made fulfilling the mission of the church difficult for a variety of reasons. A new physical place of worship for the church was essential.
In this dissertation, I examine biblical and theological principles for building places of worship, focusing especially on Bible texts and the writings of Ellen G. White. I also examine current literature on the proper management of church building projects. I outline how these theoretical and practical resources were used to guide the Downsview Church construction project.
My experience in implementing the church-building model developed here has led to the identification of a set of recommendations to guide congregations undertaking building plans. These recommendations focused on both the planning of construction projects and their implementation.
When rooted in appropriate theological and biblical principles, church-building projects can be very effective and are, in principle, replicable.
Downsview Seventh-day Adventist Church (Toronto); Seventh-day Adventists--Ontario--Toronto; Church buildings--Ontario--Toronto
Campbell, Kenneth Roy, "Building a Place of Worship: The Journey of the Downsview Seventh-day Adventist Church in Toronto" (2005). Professional Dissertations DMin. 692.
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