Impact of Elder Training in Law and Gospel Discernment, Christian Vocation, and Two Kingdom Theology at Grace Lutheran Church Woodbridge, Virginia

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Impact of Elder Training in Law and Gospel Discernment, Christian Vocation, and Two Kingdom Theology at Grace Lutheran Church Woodbridge, Virginia, Is A Well-Researched Topic, It Is To Be Used As A Guide Or Framework For Your Research.

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Martin, Lannon, R. “Impact of Elder Training in Law and Gospel discernment, Christian Vocation, and Two Kingdom Theology at Grace Lutheran Church, Woodbridge, Virginia.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2020. 139 pp. This Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Major Applied Project (MAP), studies the board of elders
at Grace Lutheran Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, and seeks to determine how their influence from federal government and military culture has shaped how they view and carry out their service. They are then taught foundational theology including Law and Gospel, Christian
vocation and two kingdoms. The qualitative research study seeks to find if a shift comes in their service, as a result of their new training.

Recommendations are made in how to go forward and continue the work of training faithful Lutheran elders in any Lutheran context.
The Research Question “How would it impact the board of elders if they were trained in Law and Gospel discernment, Christian vocation, and two kingdom theology, as a foundation for their service and training?”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS …………………………………………………………………………………………. viii
ABBREVIATIONS ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ix
ABSTRACT …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. x
CHAPTER ONE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 1
THE PROJECT INTRODUCTION …………………………………………………………………………. 1
RESEARCH PROBLEM ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
RESEARCH PURPOSE …………………………………………………………………………………………. 7
RESEARCH QUESTION …………………………………………………………………………………….. 12
PRESUPPOSITIONS …………………………………………………………………………………………… 13
CHAPTER TWO …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 15
THE PROJECT IN THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE …………………………………………….. 15
Historical Context ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 16
BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION ………………………………………………. 22
Law and Gospel …………………………………………………………………………………………… 22
Christian Vocation ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 26
Two Kingdom Distinction …………………………………………………………………………….. 32
THEOLOGY IN SUMMARY ………………………………………………………………………………. 40
CHAPTER THREE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43
THE PROJECT IN THE CONTEXT OF RECENT RESEARCH ……………………………… 43
ORIGINALITY …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 43
LITERATURE REVIEW ……………………………………………………………………………………… 46

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America …………………………………………………. 46
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod …………………………………………………………. 53
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod …………………………………………………………. 57
Contemporary Doctor of Ministry Research ……………………………………………………. 67
SUMMARY ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 69
CHAPTER FOUR ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 71
THE PROJECT DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY ………………………………………………… 71
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY …………………………………………………….. 73
Initial Interview Phase ………………………………………………………………………………….. 73
Education and Training Retreat ……………………………………………………………………… 77
First Situation ……………………………………………………………………………………… 82
Second Situation ………………………………………………………………………………….. 82
Guidance of Regular Meetings ………………………………………………………………………. 85
Final Round of Interviews …………………………………………………………………………….. 86
LIMITATIONS …………………………………………………………………………………………………… 87
IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE ………………………………………………………………………… 87
CHAPTER FIVE …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 88
PRESENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THE DATA ……………………………………….. 88
One Example of the Board of Elders in Discernment ……………………………………….. 89
DATA ANALYSES …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 91
Participant One ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 92
Participant Two …………………………………………………………………………………………… 94
Participant Three …………………………………………………………………………………………. 96

Participant Four …………………………………………………………………………………………… 98
Participant Five …………………………………………………………………………………………… 99
Participant Six …………………………………………………………………………………………… 101
Participant Seven ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 102
Participant Eight ………………………………………………………………………………………… 105
Participant Nine …………………………………………………………………………………………. 107
FINDINGS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 108
CHAPTER SIX …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 111
SUMMARY ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 111
IMPLICATIONS FOR MINISTRY ……………………………………………………………………… 112
Implications for Ministry in the Broader Context …………………………………………… 114
IMPLICATIONS FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH ………………… 115
Personal Growth Implications ……………………………………………………………………… 115
Professional Role Growth Implications ………………………………………………………… 116
RECOMMENDATIONS ……………………………………………………………………………………. 118
APPENDIX ONE ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 122
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH SURVEY ……………………………………………………………… 122
APPENDIX TWO ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 123
TWO KINGDOM ADIAPHORA DISCUSSION QUIZ …………………………………………. 123
APPENDIX THREE ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 124
LAW AND GOSPEL DISCERNMENT QUIZ ……………………………………………………… 124
APPENDIX FOUR …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 125
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEW OUTLINE QUESTIONS 125

APPENDIX FIVE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 126
APPENDIX SIX ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 128
BIBLIOGRAPHY ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 129

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Author

Lannon Martin

No of Chapters

6

No of Pages

140

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