Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

David Peter

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

Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 5:18–19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 2:42–45; Colossians 1:15–23; Exodus 34:21; Genesis 1:26–28; Genesis 1–11; Genesis 2:15; Genesis 2:18; Genesis 3:14–15; Genesis 3:2; Genesis 3:4-6; Genesis 3:8; Genesis 9:6; Hebrews 1:1–3; Luke 16:13; Matthew 6:24; Psalm 24; Romans 12:1–2; Romans 5:8;


Meador, Nathan M. “The Culture of Life and Life’s Resources: A Study of the Effects of Intentional Whole Life Stewardship Education on the Stewardship Culture of St. John Lutheran Church of Plymouth, Wisconsin.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2017. 248 pp.

Stewardship is a concept that can bring confusion and consternation for those who teach it and learn it. Pastor Nathan Meador undertook a study of the effect of intentional whole life stewardship education on the adult Bible class at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Using an initial questionnaire to assess the baseline culture of participants in the class, an eight-week Bible study was crafted to teach basic stewardship from the Scriptures. A pre-class survey was used to establish a baseline of attitudes and understandings of the participants. After the class the same instrument was administered to determine what, if any, change had taken place in the attitudes and understandings of the participants. From the results, it was established that the course on intentional whole life stewardship did shape the attitudes and understandings of individuals who participated in the study. This study also demonstrates that the attitudes and understandings formed by the educational effort also helped to shape the congregation’s culture in the area of stewardship.

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