Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Jacob Preus

Scripture References in this Resource

1 John 3:8; 1 Peter 1:20; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 1:5-6; Exodus 18:17-23; Genesis 15:5; Genesis 22:15-18; Isaiah 55:11; John 3:16; Luke 19:10; Luke 24:45-49; Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 13:3-9; Matthew 28:19-20; Revelation 7:9; Romans 10:17; Romans 3:10b,11; Romans 8:23; Romans 9:3-8


A model for transition of ministry in declining congregations: There are many congregations in changing communities that are declining in membership, resources, and ministry. I propose that a congregation that places priority on fulfilling the Great Commission, Prayer, Biblical Stewardship and the Means of Grace can stop the decline and transition ministry to an emphasis on discipleship and outreach to the local community. I will present a discussion of the understanding of the "Missio Dei," the role of the pastor, the struggle between ministry versus numerical membership, and the use of community resources. I will give the transitional history of one such congregation.

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