Good social science research must limit its scope to a small enough sample of people that allows for the most accurate and thorough examination. In other words, one researcher cannot study the entire Christian church. That is too big. This research project is limited to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) because that is the church in which I, the researcher, serve as a pastor. My hope is that the methodology I use in this project can and will be used in other denominations to broaden the scope of the conversation.