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This projects’ purpose is to develop a leadership strategy for the Edge Christian Worship Center, a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Minnesota, to understand, manage, and appreciate the complexity of human diversity. Equipping the pastor, leaders, and the local congregation with the knowledge, tools, and skills of human diversity management through training will help transition the church from a culture of a homogeneous missional approach to a new heterogeneous ministry outreach for the twenty-first century. The first phase of this project argues that race-based local congregations do not have to continue as the norm in a rapidly changing multicultural society. Strong biblical evidence for a more inclusive mission model is established. The importance of the role of the pastor as the leader of cultural change is strongly emphasized. A catalyst for lasting and sustainable patterns of new outcomes will be leadership-driven.

The second phase of the study integrates the concept of diversity training for three specific areas in the local church: the pastor, local leaders, and the members. Culture, ethnicity, race, gender, age, and physical differences are the foci of study which, over a period of time, help change attitudes and worldviews. The project contends that an emphasis on knowledge and skill sets taught in the training will eventually influence behavioral change. The study does not offer band-aids for extremely complex issues that need major surgery. It offers hope for a new method of congregational inclusivity that only time and teaching will accomplish. Final articulations of short- and long-term goals that are measured by various instruments are outlined. The efficacy of prayer is woven throughout the study as a means of recognizing that only the Holy Spirit can do a thorough work of conversion in the hearts and minds of the members for sustainability.

Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Fredrickson, Kurt

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Edge Christian Worship Center (Brooklyn Park, Minn.); Christian leadership; Seventh Day Adventist Church; Ethnic relations; Intercultural communication; Home missions


Missions and World Christianity


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