Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type


Primary Advisor

Dr. Charles Siburt

Secondary Advisor

Dr. Fredrick Aquino


The goal of this project was to discern a vocational theology of marriage for the Smyrna Church of Christ in Smyrna, Tennessee. Through a group discernment process, the participants studied Genesis 1-3 and 2 Corinthians 5 as a basis for understanding God’s design for marriage at creation, the effects of sin on the vocational aspect of the marriage relationship, and the call of Christ for husbands and wives to participate in the resurrection life through the ministry of reconciliation. At the end of the discernment process, the participants articulated a theology statement for the church that examined our current context in light of scripture and recognized God’s call for husbands and wives as joint participants in the kingdom of God. This theology statement can now be positioned as a filter and lens for viewing current and future ministry structures and practices.

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