Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

David Peter

Scripture References in this Resource

Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15; Gen. 12:1-4; Isaiah 49:6; Exodus 12:38; Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Kings 8: 41-43; Zechariah 8:20; Zechariah 8:23; Matthew 28:16-20; Luke 2:29-32; John 3:16-17; Acts 4:12; Acts 10:28b; Acts 10:34-35; Revelation 7:9-10; Matthew 26:29; Mark 1:35; Luke 22:41; John 17:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-7


Benson, David M. “Stimulating Growth in Missional Understanding and Participation.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2018. 195 pp.

The purpose of this project was to initially assess the understanding of and attitude toward the mission of the Church among the active membership of Faith Lutheran Church in Springfield, Missouri. Then, through the implementation of a six week, biblically based course of study about the missio Dei and the mission of the Church, a sampling of the membership were given in-depth instruction to increase their missional awareness. This same group was then reassessed to see if there had been any growth in missional understanding and willingness to participate in the mission.

The objective of this project was to determine the level of understanding of and participation in the mission of the church for a representative sample of the members of Faith Lutheran Church in Springfield, Missouri and an effort to determine if that understanding and participation can be increased through an in-depth, biblically based course of instruction. Although there are other related questions that could have been researched in this process, the scope of this project was limited to those objectives.

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