Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Charles Knippel

Scripture References in this Resource

Isaiah 28:7-8; Acts 17:16-34; Ephesians 5:18; Exodus 3:14; Galatians 3:22; Hebrews 10:25; John 10:30; John 10:9; Mark 1:24; Matthew 16:25; Matthew 7:16; Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 23:21-22; Proverbs 23:29-35; Psalm 19; Romans 1:19; Romans 6:14; Romans 7:24; Romans 7:25


This study addresses presenting Law and Gospel to recovering Lutheran alcoholics in the Twelve Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. The Twelve Steps offer a spirituality which has often caused confusion among confessional Lutherans. This involved interviewing recovering Lutheran alcoholics, non-alcoholic Lutherans and clergy. The Twelve Steps were evaluated according to Law and Gospel. A brief study of the influence of American Civil Religion and Two Kingdom Theology gave a backdrop in which to place the Twelve Steps. Practical ways in which pastors and congregations could better minister to recovering Lutheran alcoholics were included.

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