enior Pastor Daniel J. Wegrzyn completed his doctorate degree in June, 2105. Download his doctoral thesis below.
EMPOWERING MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES TO ESTABLISH BIBLICAL METRICS AT ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL, LOMBARD, ILLINOIS
Daniel J. Wegrzyn
The mission statement of St. John‘s Lutheran Church reads, We exist to equip God‘s family to extend Christ to the world. The operative words are equip and extend. Efforts toward equipping happen through vibrant worship services, Bible studies, small groups, youth groups, and in our day school. The extending is our witness to the world, a tending to the outside by telling and embodying God‘s story as commissioned by Jesus in John 20:21, …As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.
In the past year, the mission statement has been revisited and reviewed by our leadership teams, and we believe it still accurately expresses our calling. However, our current measurements (attendance, offerings, baptisms, confirmations) leave us uncertain as to the degree to which we are accomplishing the extending into our local community. Internationally, we know that recipients of our extending include a feeding program and new church plant in Nicaragua, and ninety-eight children sponsored through Compassion International. Regionally, we know that recipients include those served by forty to fifty volunteers at the UKANDU Chicago inner-city mission trip (one week annually). In these areas of mission, we have measures of effort and faithful presence. But the leadership of St. John‘s believes God is calling us to improve our extending locally—in the communities surrounding St. John‘s and the neighborhoods in which our members live. This thesis focuses on expanding congregational measurements at St. John‘s to include this area of mission that has been lacking, namely our contact with neighbors, coworkers, schoolmates, and community members outside of St. John‘s. The goal is to involve more of our members in this extending as part of their daily witness.
READ THE COMPLETE THESIS – Daniel J. Wegrzyn – Thesis 2015