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

Proverbs 31:29; Colossians 3:12–14; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 18:20; Romans 1:12; Genesis 1:31a; Genesis 3:15; Revelation 21:1; Genesis 1:26; Genesis 1:1–3; Genesis 2:23; John 1:1; Genesis 2:15; Genesis 2:21–22; Matthew 19:4–5; Luke 3:21–22; John 1:14; John 14:16–17; Ephesians 4:4–6; Colossians 1:15–17; Genesis 3:6–8; Genesis 3:9; Genesis 3:12–13; Genesis 3:16-17; Romans 5:8; Deuteronomy 7:7–8; Micah 5:2–5; Genesis 12:1–3; Genesis 17:5; Acts 2:42–47; Psalm 145:4; Genesis 15:5–6


Settle, Rance A. Deepening Our Welcome: Embracing Relational Hospitality in Our Homes. Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2019. 162 pp.

A benchmark for success in the service industry is effective hospitality. The implication is that the service industry business model must create an environment where people feel welcome. This practice fosters a surface level hospitality but would not necessarily foster deep relationships. My goal for my ministry context was not only to give tools to show hospitality but to go deeper and show biblical hospitality – which is not only about making people feel welcome but is also about welcoming people. Our world suffers from a poverty of relationships. The restoration of relationships is central to the Christian Church. Restoration towards God and towards one another. My term to more clearly convey this concept and make a distinction between secular hospitality is, ‘Relational Hospitality.’ As congregations familiarize themselves with the biblical concept of hospitality at a relational level, they will be better able to ‘deepen their welcome’ in their homes and small groups. Therefore, I intend to answer the question, “How can the lived experience of Lamb of God’s newest home-based small group members help shape a curriculum on relational hospitality?”

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