Welcome to Pastor Matt's Research Journal Page

This journal page (i.e. blog) is intended to be used as a venue of communication for Pastor Matt's Major Applied Research Project.  The Major Applied Research Project is a doctoral level project / thesis for Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  

The title/theme of the research project is: Becoming Lutheran: Exploring the Journey of American Evangelicals Into Confessional Lutheran Thought

This journal will publicize Pastor Matt's progress, research and findings.  Each posting below will document the research and writing journey.  

The comprehensive Major Applied Research Project document will be periodically updated at the following link:  "Becoming Lutheran" Current Manuscript

Grace and Peace

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The Final Draft Has Been Approved

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments ()

I received word from Dr. Kolb yesterday that the final draft of the "Becoming Lutheran" research project has been approved.  

Currently the manuscript is being bound into a research book, copyrighted, and published to RIM (i.e., Research in Ministry) and to TREN (i.e., Theological Research Exchange Network).  

Passed Oral Examination

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments ()

I am happy to report that I passed the Oral Examination for the "Becoming Lutheran" Research Project.  The oral examination was the last step of Major Applied Research Project where I had to defend the research and findings of the study in front of several esteemed Concordia Seminary Professors. 

The Rough Draft Is Complete

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments ()

Last week I finished the rough draft of the "Becoming Lutheran" manuscript.  The rough draft can be found here.

The document ended up being a bit shy of 200 pages.  

The next steps are:

-Get feedback from my adivors and readers

-Adjust the rough dra...

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Becoming Lutheran Research Discussed On WEtv (Part 2)

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments ()

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Research Results From 2nd Qualitative Survey

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM Comments comments ()

Comprehensive Qualitative Survey Results:


Research Results From 1st Quantitative Survey

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments comments ()

Comprehensive Quantitative Survey Results



Overview of Quantitative Survey Results in a Facebook Format



Raw Quantitati...

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Becoming Lutheran Research Discussed On WEtv

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments ()

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WEtv Live Video Feed Of The Becoming Lutheran Research Results

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments ()

The live video feed from WEtv will be coming to this page HERE on Wednesday February 6th at 3:30 PM Central/2:30 PM Mountain time. It will also be saved to this page for future viewing. The interview will be discussing the recent research result from the 'Becoming Lutheran Research Project.

Research Results To Be Discussed On WEtv

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments ()

Next week on Wednesday February 6th at 3:30 PM Central/2:30 PM Mountain time I will be on a live broadcast of Worldview Everlasting TV. On WEtv I will be discussing with Pastor Jonathan Fisk and Peter Slayton the research results from the first quantitative survey of the Becoming Lutheran Research Project. This interview will be the first presentation of the findings from the research project that I am working on at Concordia Seminary. So, mark your calendars for this broadcast!

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The Quantitative Survey Results Have Been Compiled

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments ()

The results are in for the "Becoming Lutheran Major Applied Project Quantitative Survey!"

I am thankful to report that the survey had a total of 339 responses.  From the 339 responses:

  • 6 participants were disqualified due to their answer on a screen question.  
  • 14 participant surveys were discarded due to the surveys being very incomplete (i.e., only 15-20% complete).
  • 13 participant surveys were removed from the final cal...
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First Survey Is Complete And Being Analyzed

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments ()

Today I officially closed the first quantitative survey to the "Becoming Lutheran" research project.  Over the next week I will be analyzing the participant feedback and will be releasing a comprehensive report in the following week.  

For the time being, I want to share one of the responses from participant #54.  This is such a great insight.


Question: In your own words, what has been the best thing about this journey?



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Take The "Becoming Lutheran" Survey Here!

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments ()



The moment that we have been waiting for is here. The survey is complete, online, and has been field tested. Therefore, it is ready for you to take!


Simply click on the following link and you will be redirected to the "Becoming Lutheran" Survey. It takes about 10-20 minutes to fill out.


Survey Link:

Click here to take survey


One fi...

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Obtaining New Research Participants

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 2:10 AM Comments comments ()

Before we begin this research process by sending out surveys, I felt that it was necessary to try and obtain more research participants.  Last week this project had around 88 participants.  As of now I am happy to report that we have 198 people signed up.  

The additional participants came through the helpful efforts of the following communication venues:

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"Becoming Lutheran" Study Featured On White Horse Inn Blog

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments ()

I am so very thankful to Eric Landry for posting information on the "Becoming Lutheran" study on the White Horse Inn Blog.  CLICK HERE to view Eric's post.  

At this point, 120 research participants have expressed interest in helping with this study. 

And We Are Off!

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments ()

And we are off!  I just received the following news from Dr. Peter.  Therefore, I will be waiting to hear from Dr. Kolb on the adjustments and then the next step would be to get the research underway!



Good News! Your MAP proposal was approved by the DMin Committee yesterday. They were pleased with the direction you are going in, but there were some recommendations for further revisi...

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MAP Proposal To Be Assessed On November 29th

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM Comments comments ()

The Major Applied Research Proposal Document is finished and has been sent off to St. Louis (see the email below). The MAP Committee will be meeting on November 29th to review the proposal. Following the committee meeting I will be given guidance/feedback on the direction of the project and then be hopefully cleared to pursue the research.


Dr. Peter and Dr. Kolb,


At the following link you will find a ...

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Welcome To New Research Participants

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments ()

Several weeks ago Chris Rosebrough from the radio program Fighting for the Faith shared a post from my blog that highlighted my need for research participants. As a result, my email box became flooded with willing and excited participants.

So, at this point I have around 75 research p...

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Candidacy Application Has Been Approved!

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments ()

Happy Day! I just received the following email:


Dear Pastor Richard,


Greetings in the name of the Lamb of God! I write to inform you that your application for candidacy to Concordia Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program was approved yesterday by the D.Min. Committee. Congratulations! I look forward to your continued involvement in these doctoral studies.


Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can be of assi...

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Individuals Are Volunteering For The Qualitative and Quantitative Research Group

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments ()

Lord willing I will be received into candidicy status at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis next month. Once I am received, I will then be eligible to submit my Project Proposal and begin the research project this late fall or early winter.   

While I wait for the process, I have been very humbled by the positive responses that I have...

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A Special Thank You

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments ()

Taking classes for the Doctorate of Ministry program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis is by no means a cheap endeavor.  The total cost of lodging, books, transportation and tuition is around $8,000 per year, or approximately $25,000 for the whole program.

Frankly, it would be virtually impossible for me to take classes in St. Louis, financially speaking, if it were not for the help of family and friends.  Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to t...

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