Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

First Advisor

Alvin Luedke

Second Advisor

Daniel Anderson

Abstract

This study explored the possibility of common participation in the mission of God between pastors and charismatic ministers who belong and serve within the ELCT Eastern and Coastal Diocese. The research question of this study was: How might a missional hermeneutic illuminate a possible common witness of the Gospel of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania with charismatic movements? This research utilized a sequential exploratory mixed method research design to gather, analyze, and interpret data. Statistical analysis was conducted using descriptive and inferential statistics. Both qualitative and quantitative data were compared, and a deeper understanding was established that allowed for conclusion and recommendations

on how to have a common participation in the mission of God between ordained and non-ordained. The results showed that the degree of understanding God’s mission between

pastors and charismatic ministers plays a major role in the level of common participation in the mission of God. This means that missional hermeneutic is important in the process of dealing with missiological challenges relating to Scripture, culture, and church traditions towards common participation in the mission of God.

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