Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Charles Arand

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Kings 17:8–24; 1 Samuel 25:14–35; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Kings 6:8–23; Acts 5:29; Deuteronomy 14:29; Deuteronomy 24:19–22; Galatians 5:16; Genesis 18:1–8; Genesis 19:1–3; Genesis 2:18; Isaiah 55:8–9; John 17:14–18; Leviticus 19:33–34; Mark 12:17; Matthew 25:35; Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 13:1; Romans 13:10; Romans 13:5; Romans 8:20–22;


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.

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