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

Clifford Jones

Second Advisor

Larry Lichtenwalter

Third Advisor

Skip Bell



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.

The Results

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.

Subject Area

Downsview Seventh-day Adventist Church (Toronto); Seventh-day Adventists--Ontario--Toronto; Church buildings--Ontario--Toronto

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


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