Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

David Peter

Scripture References in this Resource

Acts 9:31; Acts 1:8; Psalm 2:4; Matthew 5:13; Matthew 16:18; Exodus 12:19; Leviticus 4:13; 1 Peter 2: 4-10; Acts 15: 23-30; 1 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Corinthians 14:33b; Acts 15:19; Acts 15: 3; 4; Acts 2:42


Shearier, Jeffrey E. “Engaging Ecclesia: A Model for Training Circuits to Engage in Mission as Ecclesia.” DMIN MAP., Concordia Seminary—St. Louis, 2012, 110 pp.

This Major Applied Project sought to measure if attitudes and understandings about what the church (ecclesia) is theologically and to apply that definition to the ecclesiology of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The author recounts his personal quest to match ecclesiology with the mission of the church. He also tells the story of recent attempts to encourage church planting in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod at large and specifically within the Rocky Mountain District (a part of the national church including Colorado, Utah and New Mexico). He argues that all layers of church structure with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod should be understood as expressions of ecclesia and so are in mission. The project is developed around training for a new method of church planting, the Gospel Gap Paradigm.

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