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

Isaiah 46:4; Psalm 71:9; Romans 10:17; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:2-3; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 4:1-4; Proverbs 16:31; Proverbs 20:29; 1 Timothy 5:3-8; Isaiah 1:16-1 7; 1 Timothy 5:1-2; Luke 4:21; Isaiah 61:1-3; Romans 10:14-17; 2 Timothy 4:2-5; Luke 2:10-13; Luke 24:32; Luke 15:2; Matthew 18:20; Isaiah 55:11; Matthew 18:22-35; Proverbs 31:28; Psalm 33:12


This Major Applied Project presents reminiscent preaching as a homiletical method to be used in a nursing home setting. As reminiscing is a common characteristic among the aged, applying it in the preaching ministry and worship activity among nursing home residents can serve the purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in many helpful ways.

This MAP explains and presents examples of how reminiscing from the past in the lives of the residents draws forth vivid memories in their minds. Used as a method in preaching, these memories can also strengthen and deepen the faith of the aged individual who is nearing eternity.

Six sermons modeling this preaching method were written and delivered to the residents of the Greenfield Manor in Greenfield, Iowa between May and October in 2005. Interviews with several residents of the Greenfield Manor and detailed reviews of the sermons are included in this document.

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