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Methodology Section Revised

Section Four

Research Methodology and Design


My research will focus on adult spiritual formation in suburban ELCA churches. It will specifically explore how the discussion of the social Trinity might impact the congregation’s understanding and practice of spiritual formation, with the hope that it might move the congregation into a fuller missional imagination. The specific research question is:

How might an increased awareness and understanding of the social Trinity impact the ideation and praxis of spiritual formation in suburban ELCA congregations? read more

Research Team Recruiting is Underway

The core research for the Deep in the Burbs project is based on Participatory Action Research Methodology. Last Thursday the final congregation signed onto the project. Now the objective is to recruit one group of 8-12 people from three different congregations, comprising a team of 24-36 people total.

The listening/exploring sessions begin on February 24, so I need to get this team assembled. If you are interested in joining the team, click the button below.


An Introduction to the Deep in the Burbs Project in Plain English

this is a sketch I did early on in the planning phases of the project.
this is a sketch I did early on in the planning phases of the project.

This research is interested in the intersection of three things: Spiritual Formation, the Trinity, and the Suburbs. There is also a fourth thing that is less of an intersection and more of a bias from which the entire conversation is viewed. This bias is the Missional Church.

In other words, I want to know if the Trinity has any impact or connection to how suburban people—specifically people in suburban ELCA congregations—think about and practice spiritual formation. I ask the question because I am interested in the missional church and I believe the recent conversation about the Trinity, and its connection to the missional imagination, is an extremely important topic for the life, health, and future of the ELCA in the suburban context. read more