Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Robert Kolb

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Peter 3:15; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-47; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12-13; 1 Corinthians 12:3b; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 5:18; Genesis 12:3; Genesis 18:18; Genesis 22:18; Luke 24:47; Isaiah 49:1-3; Mark 5:1; Isaiah 49:6; John 17:6; Matthew 4:23-25; Luke 5:1-3; John 6:1-2, 24-25ff; Matthew 5: 16; John 1:9-10; John 4:28-29; John 4:39-42; Philippians 3:12; Ephesians 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; 1 Corinthians 9:20-22; 1 Thessalonians 1:3-8


Rockey, Jonathan R. "Fishing for Men while Fishing with Men: Relationships Built through Recreational Experiences as a Tool for Effective Evangelism in Contemporary American Culture." D.Min Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, 2008.316 pp. with Appendices.

The stated goal of this project is "to evaluate a program for the equipping of volunteers for sharing the good news of God's love in Jesus in a recreational setting, and to evaluate the results of that equipping in the lives of these participants by looking at their willingness to witness and the effects they describe that arose from the experience and the process of their witnessing, in connection with the program of training and motivation set forth in this MAP."

The written document looks at the challenge of evangelism as it affects today's Western Church. It considers theological research in the area of evangelism and reviews current literature about outreach, focusing on relationships, friendship evangelism, and using recreational settings in outreach. Described are the processes and methods that were used to develop, implement, and evaluate the training of laypeople to become better witnesses in recreational settings. The findings from this field research are reported as they concern training, willingness to witness, and the effect of a recreational setting as the context for Christian witness.

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