Articles by Roger Dudley
Recently the Association of Adventist Women sponsored a conference on the campus of Andrews University. Drawing people from all over the world, it balanced concern with some aspects of women s position in the Adventist Church today with celebration of what women have done and are doing in the church. Roger Dudley concludes the following report on that conference by listing what he understands Adventist women would appreciate from their church.
What are the greatest sources of frustration for the Adventist pastor? What areas cause the most satisfaction? How seriously does family life affect pastoral morale? A recent sampling indicates that personal factors, even more than professional expertise, may determine effectiveness and contentment in pastoral ministry.
Within the same denomination, some local congregations are growing while others are not. Why? A recent scientific sampling of white, black, and Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist churches across North America indicates some expected (and some unexpected) factors that definitely influence how a church grows.
According to this survey, most pastors' wives are dedicated Christians, actively assist their husbands in church work, and do not feel that the demands of the pastorate are excessive. But all is not well in the parsonage.
A recent study indicates broad agreement on the purpose and benefits of the internship program. But the view of what is actually happening varies between interns and supervising pastors.
Do church members who regularly read the writings of Ellen White differ significantly from those who seldom do? A recent church growth study in North America yields profiles of each group and indicates that although it may not be possible to establish a cause-and-effect relationship, differences do exist.
Here are the results of a survey of 1 66 Seventh-day Adventist pastors and their churches to determine whether there's a correlation between the pastor's personality and church growth.
How do you evaluate tine evangelistic outreach of your church in order to use it most effectively? The authors introduce their New Member Survey, showing what information it makes available and how that information may be used to target a particular kind of evangelism to the audience with which it is most effective.
Is the issue of women s ordination sociological or theological? Are women being denied certain privileges simply to keep them "in their place"?
Most Adventists, young and old, affirm basic Christian beliefs and such ethical values as love and justice. But what about the lifestyle values distinctive of Adventism? How effective have our churches, schools, and families been at transmitting these values? The authors report the findings from a survey of 712 individuals in 247 families across the United States and comment on the implications.
No one group should determine the church's theology. But we should consider carefully the opinions of those who have devoted their lives to the study of the Bible.
This study shows that the pay of Adventist ministers is decreasing while their expenses are increasing. Could this explain why it seems that more ministers are moonlighting?
Why are religious people particularly susceptible to prejudice, and in what ways can it be combated?
A recent survey reveals what Adventist youth think of their church, whether they plan to remain in it, and why.
Market research can help us understand where the church is succeeding and failing in its work of preaching the gospel.
Who should have first priority in the married minister's schedule?
Young people share their dreams and dilemmas for the church.
A study of faith maturity and congregational involvement among Adventist young adults
I highly recommend this book for every pastor who wants to preach on those things that really matter.
Results of a study focusing on what characteristics make an effective pastor
A study indicating specific leadership qualities and practices that make good leaders
If you could redesign seminary education, what would you wish for?
Along with her pastor husband, the woman in the parsonage is facing discouragement and frustration. Yet she still finds joy and fulfillment in working alongside her husband in soul winning and nurture.