Author Faculty (Discipline)

Theology

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

12-2019

Book

Educating for Service and Mission: Teachers in Seventh-day Adventist Schools in North America and Their perceptions of Mission pp. 109-124

ISBN

978-0-6484704-3-4

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified| 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Avondale Research Centre

Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre

Avondale Research Centre

Christian Education Research Centre

Reportable Items

B1

Field of Education

09 Society and Culture

Peer Review

Before publication

Staff Classification

Permanent

Abstract

This chapter begins by surveying the various competing objectives that have been put forward for the Seventh-day Adventist education system since its inception in the late 1800s. A selection of these objectives was presented to the teachers in Seventh-day Adventist schools in the North American Division in a survey which was conducted in 2018.

The top two goals identified by the teachers were, “Create an environment that makes it more likely that each student will accept Jesus Christ as their saviour and friend”; and “Act in a manner which contributes to the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of our students / patients / clients.” There were two objectives that stood out as things that teachers are least concerned about: “Make money to support the activities of the Adventist Church” and “Be competitive in the sector or market place in which it operates.”

Comments

Used by permission: Avondale Academic Press and the author.

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