Autonomy or Multi-Site? A Policy Capturing Study of Two Models of Church Planting for the Guidance of Future Site Planting at Ascension Lutheran Church, Wichita, Kansas

Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

William Utech

Scripture References in this Resource

Luke 14:23; Matthew 28:19; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Genesis 12:3; Exodus 9:13-16; Isaiah 60:12; Jeremiah 1:5; Jeremiah 4:1-2; Ezekiel 36:16-36; Psalm 22:27-28; Luke 19:10; Luke 19:9; Matthew 8:11; Isaiah 25:6; Isaiah 43:5-6; Isaiah 49:12; Luke 2:29-32; John 3:16-17; Acts 4:12; Acts 10:28b; Acts 10:34-35; Galatians 3:28-29; Revelation 7:9-10; John 8:19b; John 10:30; Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Matthew 3:9; 1 Corinthians 10:17; 1 Corinthians 11:17-21; 33; Genesis 1:28; 29-30; Psalm 107:2; Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:9-19


The purpose of this study was to produce a set of reasoned recommendations for future site planting for Ascension Lutheran Church, Wichita, KS. Ascension unintentionally became a multi-site congregation in 2002. This study looks at thirteen Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod congregations. Six congregations planted independent congregations (daughter sites). Six congregations planted multi-site venues (sister sites). One congregation has used both models of church planting. The primary component for information gathering was a survey seeking information from each of these churches on how they decided which model to follow. Understanding the reasoning and assumptions made by these churches, I developed a set of recommendations was developed to help Ascension Lutheran Church choose which model to follow for our next plant.

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