Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Charles Knippel

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Timothy 3:4; 5; 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:2; Acts 5:29; Colossians 3:20; Deuteronomy 11:18-21; Deuteronomy 21:18-21; Deuteronomy 6:5-9; Ephesians 6:1; Ephesians 6:1-3; Ephesians 6:4; Exodus 20:12; Exodus 21:17; Isaiah 38:19; Leviticus 20:9; Proverbs 22:6; Proverbs 30:11; Proverbs 30:17; Psalm 78:5; Romans 1:30; Titus 1:6; 22


Through research and personal interviews, this project explores the lives of pastors' children and their responsibilities in light of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, the pressures they face in the clergy family system, and positive aspects of their lives that come with their unique lifestyle. Included is a retreat for pastors' teenage children which has been developed as a method of helping pastors' children cope with their lives in constructive ways, understand the pressures they experience, celebrate the positive aspects of being pastor's children, and grow personally and spiritually as they reaffirm their essential identity as baptized children of God.

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