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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


The contemporary church in America is dislocated, disconnected from much that has historically bound communities together: land, shared story and culture, and membership founded on familiarity and friendship. The agrarian writings of Wendell Berry provide a tool for the church: they are a rich conversation partner to Scripture and to Luther’s theology of the cross, and they offer the church the opportunity to craft and live into an agrarian ecclesial model. This model generates an agrarian homiletic that encourages preachers to speak in patterned and prophetic ways about economy, place, scale, membership, technology, the sacraments, eschatology, and much more.