Professional Dissertations DMin

Date of Award

2008

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

College

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Loron Wade

Second Advisor

Ricardo Norton

Third Advisor

Pedro Navia

Abstract

The mission Jesus entrusted to the church, “Go and make disciples,” is not yet accomplished. To solve this problem, mass media communications can be used, especially in Hispanic churches. At all times, God has communicated with created beings. This communication has taken many shapes, culminating in the coming of God’s Son to earth. However, the Bible is the most accessible form to human beings in the twenty-first century.

Adventist pioneers used the secular press as well as the publication of their own books and periodicals, both before and after the disappointment of October 22, 1844. The Adventist Church has taken advantage of technological advances of the twentieth century, using radio and television at an early date. Over time the church has developed structures, both official and supporting, to organize and promote communication, to preach the eternal gospel. One must have a clear understanding of these means in order to use them. The most important kinds of print journalism are news, reporting, and articles. Electronic journalism includes radio and television. Each has its own rules, which must be learned and followed.

This thesis presents a practical model for using media for evangelism. The television program, Buenos dias Senor Jesus (Good morning, Lord Jesus), together with evangelistic meetings in the Texas Conference has given good results for internal and external growth. The Adventist Church has used and continues to use mass media for evangelism. The challenge of preaching the gospel to all the world can be met if pastors and lay people are motivated to use print and media journalism to evangelize, as was done in Texas with the program Buenos dias Senor Jesus.

Subject Area

Mass media in evangelistic work--Texas; Evangelistic work--Seventh-day Adventists; Evangelistic work--Texas

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.

DOI

https://dx.doi.org/10.32597/dmin/704

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