Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Glenn Nielsen

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:27; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 5:31-32; Galatians 3:24; Genesis 2:18-24; Genesis 2:7; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 22:17; Romans 1:16; Romans 1:18-23; Romans 12:1; Romans 6:4-5


This paper will document the theological and pastoral underpinnings of LCIS and its immediate successors as a reminder that how we say things and what we do should flow from what we believe. However, these theological and pastoral considerations have more than historical importance. For, although the forms and programs congregations use to keep their records may change, unless our beliefs change, the principles behind their selection and use will remain the same. Clarifying these principles should be helpful to those who wish to understand how they can best utilize their current system for keeping records. Understanding them will help congregations that are selecting new software to pick something that will work well for them, both theologically and practically, so that the software will be a help rather than a burden in their service to Christ’s kingdom. Finally, since many newer programs allow users to adjust their terminology, these pages will provide guidance as to the sorts of terminology that would be most appropriate.

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