Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Bruce Hartung

Scripture References in this Resource

Romans 6:4–5; Revelation 2:10; Ephesians 2:8–9; Galatians 5:6; Romans 6:1–2; James 2:14-18; John 14:15; Luke 9:23; Mark 12:30-31; 1 John 1:9; Jonah 1:9; Jonah 1:3; Revelation 4:3; Matthew 10:32; John 13:34; Psalm 86:15; Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 136; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 56:6; John 15:9-10; Jeremiah 31:31–34; Isaiah 40–66; Hebrews 9:15; Hebrews 12:24; Isaiah 53:5-6; Romans 3:21-23; Romans 10:17; Revelation 1:5; Titus 3:5-8; Matthew 5:21–22; John 13:34; Galatians 5:25; Galatians 5:19–23; James 1:2-3; James 1:22


Busacker, Scott, M. “Exploring What It Means To Be a Faithful Christian in Twenty-First Century America.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2018. 187 pp.

This Major Applied Project seeks to explore what it means to be a faithful Christian in Twenty-First Century America. It explores the Biblical and Confessional Lutheran understanding of faithfulness. It then surveys the unique history of religion in America, highlighting the importance of both religious zeal and individual liberty. Christianity in America is going through a period of change. It is no longer culturally established. Thus, Christians need to deliberately consider how to live as Christians is a non-Christian culture. With a clear understanding of history and theology, the project charts a path forward for Christians to be faithful. The field research surveys Lutheran church members in a rural Midwestern congregation and gauges their understanding of faithfulness as it relates to different beliefs and specific acts. Based upon the field research and Biblical understanding, the author highlights fundamental actions and habits by which Christians can confidently live out their faith.

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