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The purpose of this doctoral project is to lay the foundation to transition Seventh-day Adventist young adults from mere church membership to authentic discipleship. This will be done through a six-session learning weekend, designed to lead them into a deeper experience with the Holy Spirit and introduce them to the spiritual practice of meditation based on the formational reading of the Scriptures. This learning weekend will be reinforced by an eight-week personal journal and twenty-six weeks of interactive published resources.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a worldwide community of over seventeen million members led by a hierarchical and centralized form of governance, which has facilitated the establishment of a corporate culture. While the centrality of the Scriptures in the life of the Church is highly valued, its pedagogy tends to inadvertently result in an informed and conformed people, often lacking in transformation. This project will explore the underlying reasons for this dissonance and will propose a corrective for Seventh-day Adventist young adults.

Part One of the three major sections will address the historical and religious context of the emergence of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its young adult ministry. It will demonstrate how the Church’s early beginnings shaped its self-understanding, doctrines, mission, and character. Part Two will discuss Adventism’s emphasis on eschatology in reference to the second coming of Christ and the end time “latter rain” outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It will establish how these futuristic emphases have inadvertently resulted in a neglect of the present blessings and responsibilities of the Kingdom. Part Three will focus on the development of the essential resources for the weekend learning event. Here, both cognitive and experiential learning will take place, along with an implementation strategy that will permeate the global system of governance. Finally, an evaluation and reporting process will be outlined.

Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD

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April 2018

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