Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Glenn Nielsen

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 3:4-9; 1 Chronicles 12:32; 1 Corinthians 15:4; 1 Corinthians 4:1; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Peter 5:1-3; 1 Timothy 5:9-11; Acts 10:38; Acts 14:23; Colossians 2:9-10; Ephesians 1:20; Ephesians 1:22,23; Ephesians 4:8; Ephesians 5:21-30; Exodus 18:21; Exodus 18:25; Galatians 4:4-5; Mark 10:42,43; Micah 3:1; Philippians 1:5; Philippians 2:5-7; Titus 1:5


How can a staff of multiple ministers in a large Lutheran church be organised in a way that is harmonious with the Biblical doctrine of the office of pastor? First, key Scripture passages and Lutheran writings on the pastoral office were studied; second, a congregational survey gleaned thoughtful opinions from parishioners; and third, information was obtained from experts on multiple ministry in other growing churches. A mediating view of the pastoral office both preserves the uniqueness of the office and allows for ministers, ordained and unordained, generalist and specialist, to share the office. A congregational handbook is offered as a model.

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