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Pioneer Memorial Church is a Seventh-day Adventist congregation on the campus of Andrews University. Andrews holds the distinction of being the second most diverse university in America. This is significant because Andrews University sits in the heart of Berrien Springs, Michigan. Berrien Springs is a primarily White, agriculturally based, two-traffic-light town Because the local community and Andrews are so different in nature and ethnicity, there has been division between both contexts.
The purpose of this project is to build a bridge into the community by implementing a servant evangelism initiative. The word evangelism is often associated with the act of proclaiming a message or bringing “good news” to people. Servant evangelism is defined as ministering in “word and deed” based upon the theological framework in Colossians 3:17. It is showing the love of God through acts of mercy and kindness. Through a process of listening to the community and ascertaining needs, a series of projects are planned. The goal is to do one project a month, which will mainly be facilitated and led by Andrews University students.
Part one of this paper examines some of the history and primary theological models of the Seventh-day Adventist church. How these models have manifested themselves through evangelism is explored, along with the history of Pioneer Memorial church and its role on campus. The way this church lives out and exhibits the theologies of the Seventh-day Adventist church as a whole is also analyzed. The paper also considers the history and relevant demographic information of Berrien Springs and examines how the divisions in the community first began to form.
Part two explores the biblical and theological foundations for a missional framework. This section begins with an overview of key literature about missional thought, including the works of an Adventist author, Ellen White. As part of this missional framework, a theology of servant evangelism is defined.
Part three describes the ministry strategy and process of implementation. In the first section of part three, goals are listed and the blueprint for the process is delineated. The timeline section explores timetables for when certain goals are to be accomplished. This section also examines what is necessary to accomplish the strategy including financial budgets and constraints, human resources, and a marking plan. Finally, an assessment of the strategy is completed through personal interviews in the community and implications for further work in the community are defined.
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Servant evangelism, Missions, Seventh-Day Adventist, Adventist, Pioneer Memorial Church
Missions and World Christianity
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Ortiz, Rodlie, "Implementing a Servant Evangelism Initiative in the Community Around Pioneer Memorial Church" (2019). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 357.