Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Richard Warneck

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 4:10; Acts 16:6; Acts 17:1-14; Acts 17:16-18:11; Acts 2:42; Acts 20:17-21; Acts 5:1-11; Acts 8:9-24; Colossians 3:14; Ephesians 1:4f; Hebrews 10:25; Luke 18:8; Matthew 10:38; Matthew 23:37; Matthew 25:34


This project analyzes the problem of dropouts at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Springfield, Illinois, by a four step process.(1) First a strict confessional position will be articulated in this paper. (2)Then, while examining two current sociological trends, Church Growth and systems theory, some aspects of both movements will be found to be deficient for a confessional Lutheran while others usable. (3) Former or lapsed members are then surveyed and interviewed to determine their perceived reasons for becoming dropouts. (4) Finally, incorporating all of the above material, recommendations are made to the congregation and pastor of ways that dropouts may be reduced and the lapsed may be reclaimed.

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