Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating a spiritual formation curriculum for Ethiopian evangelical church leaders
by Spriggs, J. Wayne, D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2014, 191; 3629075
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose for writing Evaluating a Spiritual Formation Curriculum for Ethiopian Evangelical Church Leaders is to explore the impact of the Sendafa spiritual formation seminar on the spiritual health of Ethiopian evangelical church leaders and assess the reproducibility of the principles.

This research is based on the theological framework that disciples of Jesus Christ are spiritually formed through knowing and abiding in Him, which was supported by the literature.

The research employed a mixed methodology that utilized a quantitative/qualitative instrument and follow-up interviews to verify the hypotheses of the study.

Results from the Spiritual Health Assessment Questionnaire (SHAQ) and the Spiritual Development Interviews (SDI) verified the study's two hypotheses. The results demonstrated improvement in the spiritual health of the participants in the sample pool of Ethiopian evangelical church leaders and evidence of either implementing the Sendafa formation principles in others or reproducing the Sendafa formation curriculum for others.

Further study should include equipping for life change, the practice of mentoring, and leadership development. It is recommended that future efforts be developed by nationals with only assistance from outsiders. Additionally, the production of a booklet covering the Sendafa formation principles is recommended for distribution among the churches of Ethiopia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chan, Frank
Commitee: Knisely, Andrew, Peace, Earl
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 75/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Theology, Religious education, Sub Saharan Africa Studies, Spirituality
Keywords: Church leaders, Ethiopia, Evangelical, Spiritual formation
Publication Number: 3629075
ISBN: 978-1-321-05737-9
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