Event Title

The Influence of Adventist University Experiences on Denominational Persistence

Presenter Information

Jonathan Doram, Andrews University

Location

Buller Hall

Start Date

2-26-2016 2:30 PM

End Date

2-26-2016 4:00 PM

Description

Seventh-day Adventists leave the church for various reasons. While researchers have investigated explanations for this exodus, few have investigated individuals’ denominational persistence. As this study uses a qualitative grounded theory research design, the purpose is to develop, not test, a theory to explain a person’s decision to remain Adventist. I conducted and/or assessed interviews with people who started university as Adventists, attended a North American Division university, and currently self-identify as a Seventh-day Adventist. I am in the process of analyzing these interviews with several types and rounds of coding to identify life experiences that contribute to denominational persistence.

Acknowledgments

Dr. Larry Burton

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Feb 26th, 2:30 PM Feb 26th, 4:00 PM

The Influence of Adventist University Experiences on Denominational Persistence

Buller Hall

Seventh-day Adventists leave the church for various reasons. While researchers have investigated explanations for this exodus, few have investigated individuals’ denominational persistence. As this study uses a qualitative grounded theory research design, the purpose is to develop, not test, a theory to explain a person’s decision to remain Adventist. I conducted and/or assessed interviews with people who started university as Adventists, attended a North American Division university, and currently self-identify as a Seventh-day Adventist. I am in the process of analyzing these interviews with several types and rounds of coding to identify life experiences that contribute to denominational persistence.