Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Joseph Barbour

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

Philippians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 9:4ff.; 2 Corinthians 10:8; 2 Corinthians 13:10; Colossians 2:10-15; Deuteronomy 1:15; Esther 9:29; Genesis 41:35; Isaiah 22:21; John 1:12; John 10:18; John 5:27; Mark 10:37; Mark 10:41; Mark 10:42-45; Matthew 10:1; Matthew 21:23-24; Matthew 28:18-19; Matthew 8:9; Matthew 9:6; Nehemiah 3:7; Numbers 27:20; Romans 13:1-2;


This Major Applied Project (MAP) recognizes the relationship between the office of the public ministry and the priesthood of all believers. The thesis is that ministry is enhanced, and joy grows when the partnership between pastor and people is appreciated and celebrated.

To accomplish this goal, the project looks at the doctrine of church and ministry, as understood by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and applies to it, systems theory.

Recognizing the need for a paradigm shift in understanding church and ministry, the MAP looks at church and ministry from two systemic view points: the church as a complex organizational system, and the church as an emotional system.

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