Date of Award
Major Applied Project
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource
John 4:1-42; Acts 6:1-6; Colossians 3:1-17
Schultz, David, MA. “Equipping lay elders with the spiritual care skills of active listening, sharing scripture, offering prayer, and providing follow up at St. Paul Lutheran Church Wood River, IL.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2022. 122 pp.
Spiritual care is vitally important for all people. Unfortunately, too often those who are commissioned to provide spiritual care lack the necessary skills to help others. This MAP explores how a lay elder seminar might equip the lay elders of a congregation with the spiritual care skills of active listening, sharing scripture, offering prayer, and providing follow up. This MAP is focused less on what spiritual care is and more on how to provide it. Following the lay elder seminar qualitative research was done to evaluate how effective the seminar was in equipping the lay elders with the necessary spiritual care skills to care for the members of the congregation. The results demonstrated that the lay elder seminar was effective, and the lay elders learned how to provide spiritual care. Finally, recommendations were made on how to build on the lay elder seminar and continue the work of spiritual care.
Schultz, David Martin Arthur, "Equipping Lay Elders with the Spiritual Care Skills of Active Listening, Sharing Scripture, Offering Prayer, and Providing Follow Up at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River, IL" (2021). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 179.
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