Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Elmer Matthias

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

Matthew 28:19-21; 1 Corinthians 10:6; 1 John 2:16; 1 John 3:4; 1 Timothy 1:13; 2 Samuel 12:13; Acts 3:17ff; Deuteronomy 9:23-24; Ephesians 2:1-2; Ephesians 2:3; Exodus 20:11; Genesis 1:1ff; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:5ff; James 1:15; Matthew 5:48; Nehemiah 9:6; Proverbs 21:11; Psalm 33:6; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:10; Romans 5:12; Romans 7:19;


The purpose of the paper is to help the reader examine and evaluate the importance and the process of assimilation of members into the congregation. This will be accomplished by evaluation of Scripture on such topics as man's condition, discipleship and the body of Christ. Also included will be, the importance of assimilation in fulfilling the command of our Lord in the "Great Commission"; with a look at the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Finally the paper will look at the role the pastor and congregation play in the process of assimilation.

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