Date of Award
Major Applied Project
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource
1 Corinthians 3:5-9; 2 Corinthians 9:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Matthew 16:18; Genesis 7:23; 1 Peter 3:20; Romans 8:30; Ephesians 4:5, 6; Mark 23:2; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:6; John 20:21; Matthew 28:19
After twenty-five years, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is operating under the same structure that it has relied upon since its birth. On the surface, the structure appears to be working well. Behind the scene, though, it is focused on simply maintaining the congregation as it is, and struggling at that. Instead of preparing for the future of the congregation, the structure simply serves a status quo set down years ago. As a result, the weakest and most vulnerable links in the congregation's framework are under increasing stress.
This Major Applied Project seeks to support the congregation's desire to maintain the growth it enjoys and the peace it values. It does not seek to upset the semblance of functionality the congregation believes exists. On the other hand, this project does want to ask the members of the congregation to consider the benefits of placing a greater emphasis today on identifying the needs of the future. This project seeks to challenge the congregation to answer one simple question: Is this not now the opportune time to accomplish self-examination in order to evaluate the congregation's ability to sustain in the future that which it currently values and enjoys? If the answer is, "yes", then, logically, the sooner this process is begun the better.
Otto, Mitchell E., "The Strategic Ministry Planning Decision" (2007). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 151.
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