Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

August Suelflow


The economic instability and widespread unemployment throughout the United States following the Stock Market crash of October, 1929 had a profound effect upon nearly every phase of life and activity in this land. Such an economic recession would also have an effect on the churches, for the church exists in the economic and social order. Serious fluctuations in the economy of the nation are reflected in the economic activities. The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod experienced many of the difficulties which were common to the churches of America during the Great Depression. This paper will trace some of these effects upon several areas of the program of the Missouri Synod during the years of depression. Special emphasis will be given to the home and foreign mission program, the colleges and seminaries, and the problem of placing seminary graduates during the lean years.

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