Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Joel Okamoto

Scripture References in this Resource

Genesis 3:1-15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 1 Corinthians 2:4, 12-13; 1 Timothy 6:16; Colossians 2:8; Ephesians 1:1-14; Ephesians 2:4-6; Galatians 2:19a; Isaiah 45:9; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:6; John 1:5; John 14:6; John 15:16; John 8:31, 32; John 8:36; Matthew 16:25; Romans 1:19-21, 24, 32; Romans 3:21-5; Romans 9:19-24


Sommerfeld, Scott G. "Preparing Thinking Christians To Survive And Thrive In A Culture Of Choice." D.Min. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary—St. Louis, 2007. 211 pp.

Youth are ill-prepared to think and live as Christians in our post-modern world. A retreat for high school seniors and graduates is one way of preparing youth to survive and thrive in a culture of choice, where perhaps the greatest challenge regards rationality for choosing ones religion. Here youth are introduced to the real truth regarding the Bible, choosing God, and living as disciples. While youth were assisted in thinking theologically through the retreat, this should have happened earlier in life. Therefore sample resources for covering these same topics in a confirmation program involving youth and their parents were developed.

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