Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Jeffrey D Ward
Adventist, cell, church, house, Planting, Refugee
Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Gyimah, Kwesi, "House Church: Planting Seventh-Day Adventist House Churches Among Rwandese Refugees In Columbus Ohio" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1676.
Traditional Church attendance is declining among the Rwandese Seventh-day Adventists refugees living in Columbus Ohio. Many of the Rwandese families reside in the same apartment complex carpooling with the few that drive to work and church services where possible. This project is in response to the unique opportunity of the proximity of these families to each other. The goal is to train leaders and plant Seventh-day Adventist house churches in the homes of some of these families so that they may walk to a neighbor's house for worship and fellowship. This project surveyed twenty-five Rwandese refugee adults living on the Northside of Columbus to determine their religious backgrounds and levels of church involvement in their native country and refugee camps. This survey will assist in selecting leaders who will lead the house churches and make it possible for Rwandese residents in these apartment complexes to have service and fellowship in their native language. The success of the Rwandese house church project will produce trained and committed lay leaders who will step up and take ownership in executing the Great Commission to their countrymen and unchurched neighbors.