A Qualitative Analysis of Discipleship in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Responses to a Global and Regional Survey

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This publication was originally published as:

Hattingh, S., Morton, L., Ferret, R., Petrie, K., Heise, J., & de Waal, K. B. (2016). A Qualitative analysis of discipleship in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Responses to a global and regional survey. Journal of Adventist Mission Studies, 12(1), 156-171.

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A picture of SDA Discipleship in the South Pacific Division

Partner/Funding Body: South Pacific Division of the SDA Church

Avondale Researchers: Dr Kayle de Waal, Dr Kevin Petrie, Dr Lindsay Morton, Dr Sherry Hattingh, Dr RIck Ferret

Year Complete: 2015

In 2014 the South Pacific Division (SPD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church commissioned a research team from Avondale College of Higher Education to investigate the nature of discipleship. The aim of the research project was twofold: to provide an objective description of a Seventh-day Adventist disciple of Jesus, and to provide a criterion/criteria by which the attainment of discipleship may be measured and shared in the context of the Church’s mission. The findings of this research project indicate that it is possible to describe and measure discipleship in a variety of contexts. The literature review explores 13 measurement tools currently used by Christian denominations—three of which have been statistically validated. The review of literature also covers a range of definitions of disciples, discipleship and disciple-making, as well as the unique nature of Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, from which a definition of a Seventh-day Adventist disciple has been developed. Responses from administrators in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands indicate that there is a very strong emphasis on discipleship within the SPD. There is an extensive range of discipleship resources currently implemented throughout the Division, although there is very little consistency in the type of resources used by respondents.

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2 Medium Impact

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Nationally and Internationally


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