A Congregational & Legal Study in the Practice of Hospitality at Faith Community Center, Lacey, Washington

Matthew Henry, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis


Henry, Matthew R. “A Congregational and Legal Study in the Practice of Faith Community Center.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2017. 171 pages.

Churches that practice hospitality by operating community centers must remain faithful in their confession and abide by anti-discrimination laws. This project provides the necessary theological and legal guidance for community center ministry in morally diverse settings. Surveys conducted before and after a congregational presentation at Faith Lutheran Church, Lacey, WA, reveal opinions of both limits and freedoms as to what activities and groups may be permitted or disallowed. As an expression of love for all people (Matt. 5:43-48), facility use policy should reflect clear values of faith and—wherever possible—permit facility use by those who hold different moral viewpoints.