Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Bruce Hartung

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 12:12; 1 Corinthians 12:25 - 26; Colossians 1:18; Mark 2:17; Luke 4:23; Jeremiah 32:27; Genesis 45:1-15; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 13:34-35; Genesis 4:8-16; 2 Samuel 11:2-24; 2 Samuel 12:13-19; Judges 8:2-3; Proverbs 15:1; Luke 9:26; Matthew 18:15; Acts 2:44-47; Acts 5:1-11; Acts 6:8-10; Acts 19:23-41; John 8: 11; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians 4:2-3; Romans 3:23; John 15:1-4; Ephesians 4:15-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-21; Romans 5:18; John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 6:5; Matthew 18:15-20; Matthew 5:23-24


One of the major issues hindering a congregation from being what God calls it to be is poor conflict management. By nature, conflict arises in numerous areas of congregational life. Parishioners and staff are all integral parts of the body of Christ. As sin is part of all relationships it is also true that there is help and hope in the form of a relationship with Jesus. Family Systems Theory is an avenue whereby the power of Jesus can be experienced.

Unfortunately, in the opinion of the author, conflict in the parish is increasing, emanating from sin and not having God's will at the forefront. Conflict itself is only a part of the picture; equally important is the management of conflict.

This project collects information from the field through district presidents within the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). Results of the author's work with other consultants who assist congregations and church organizations that find themselves in conflict and information from congregations who have received help through consultations are presented. All of these avenues of information, along with the results of the related research project, will provide a comprehensive understanding of the conflicts and responses to those conflicts.

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