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Major Applied Project
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 9: 14-15; 1 Corinthians 9:22; Acts 1:8; Acts 11:19-22; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 13:46; Acts 14:8-18; Acts 16:13; Acts 16:22-34; Acts 17:17; Acts 17:18-34; Acts 18:2-3; Acts 19:9-10; Acts 2:42; Acts 28:30-31; Acts 8:14; Acts 8:4; Acts 9:32; John 13:34; Philippians 1:12-14; Romans 15:20;
Competing agendas and changing culture create a need for churches to consciously determine why they will do what they do the way they do.
This project develops four doctrinal bases for a theology of ministerial practice. It summarizes literature on philosophy of ministry. Research in five Lutheran churches identifies gaps in the way people view ministry. Chapter four provides a comprehensive rationale and definition for a theology of ministerial practice.
One church's experience demonstrates the value of thinking through and developing "guiding principles" that apply a church's theology to its culture in shaping ministerial practice.
Kelm, Paul, "A Theology of Ministerial Practice" (2003). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 107.
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