Hospitality: Areas That Are Effective in Creating a Desire for a Visitor to Connect to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Date of Award
Major Applied Project
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource
Romans 12:13; 1 Peter 4:9; Hebrews 13:2; Genesis 18; Matthew 25:40
This major applied project explores hospitality offered by the local congregation. Biblical hospitality is implicitly and explicitly commanded in scripture. Balancing the Missio Dei and two kinds of righteousness will keep us on the straight and narrow theologically when pursuing hospitality.
When churches offer hospitality, we are feeding, clothing, visiting, providing, and welcoming our neighbor. Our Redeemer wants to continue serving the community as a family-oriented, mission focused, hospitable congregation. We are doing the feeding, clothing, and providing through many efforts in the community. We are active with the local homeless shelter and crisis center. For the MAP, we wanted to discover what areas of hospitality are effective in creating a desire for visitors to have a further connection to the congregation. Through this particular study, we want to better understand our hospitality of welcoming and visiting. Both secular and sacred sources are explored as resources. To offer hospitality means preparation on our part.
Secret shoppers were utilized to measure the effectiveness of Our Redeemer’s hospitality. Through secret visits by individuals that fit the prescribed criteria and follow-up personal interviews, an image of Our Redeemer’s friendliness and expression of hospitality has been formed. As a result of this MAP the congregation will address facility issues and continually build a culture of hospitality. At Our Redeemer, we are about “Equipping Disciples to Make Disciples for Jesus!” Since that is true, it can be said that at Our Redeemer, we are about hospitality! As Christians, we all need to practice hospitality!
Hartwig, Brent M., "Hospitality: Areas That Are Effective in Creating a Desire for a Visitor to Connect to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church" (2023). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 230.
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