Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

George Hoyer


A serious concern of many Protestant churches today is their failure to enlist a large proportion of their adult members in group Bible study. One such church body is The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. As will presently be shown, this denomination has vigorously promoted adult Bible study over the last decade and a half, but there remains a continued resistance by the adult membership to participation in Bible classes.

The present project was uncover some factors which show a relationship to this resistance to group Bible study by members of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. A series of interviews with Bible class teachers, Bible class attenders, other church members, and pastors of Missouri Synod churches in the St. Louis, Missouri, area provided the data for this study. This data was examined in the light of other studies directly and indirectly related to the problem.

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