Theological Seminary Dissertations

Where is God at work? How can we participate?
These two questions inspire the mission of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
In 1852, God was at work in Dubuque, Iowa, on the “Western frontier” of the United States, when a pastor began training ministers for congregations of German immigrants.
In the 21st century, God continues to work—in Dubuque and throughout the world. At UDTS, we still train students
  • to expand their awareness of God’s desire for justice and mercy,
  • to develop the many skills needed by today’s Christian leaders, and,
  • to practice spiritual disciplines that will nurture in them a deeply satisfying relationship with the Triune God.
The students at UDTS learn how to pray and how to study, how to grow in mutual relationships and how to serve with righteousness and compassion. The graduates of our programs are equipped to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in a variety of ministry contexts.
- University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Dean Annette Bourland Huizenga


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Awakening to the Agency of God: Habits and Practices
Awakening to the Agency of God: Habits and Practices
Ingalls, Kelsey. "Awakening to the Agency of God: Habits and Practices." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
Being With: Moving From A Paradigm Of Mission As “Doing For” To A Paradigm Of “Being With”
Being With: Moving From A Paradigm Of Mission As “Doing For” To A Paradigm Of “Being With”
Schultz, David R. " Being With: Moving From A Paradigm Of Mission As “Doing For” To A Paradigm Of “Being With”." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
Blending Spirits: A Joint Congregational Resource Team
Blending Spirits: A Joint Congregational Resource Team
Ferguson, Craig C. "Blending Spirts: A Joint Congregational Resource Team." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
Christian Community: Aging in Place at Trinity Ecumenical Parish
Christian Community: Aging in Place at Trinity Ecumenical Parish
Miller, Cydney B. "Christian Community: Aging in Place at Trinity Ecumenical Parish." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2020.
Christian Education for Families in Chin Churches U.S: A Carson Chin Baptist Church Pastor’s Perspective
Christian Education for Families in Chin Churches U.S: A Carson Chin Baptist Church Pastor’s Perspective
Bawi, Benjamin S. "Christian Education for Families in Chin Churches U.S: A Carson Chin Baptist Church Pastor’s Perspective”." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2020.
Creating Healthier Churches by Reclaiming the Ministry of Ruling Elders in the Reformed Tradition
Creating Healthier Churches by Reclaiming the Ministry of Ruling Elders in the Reformed Tradition
Murphy, Kenneth P. "Creating Healthier Churches by Reclaiming the Ministry of Ruling Elders in the Reformed Tradition." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2017.
Discovering Beauty, Discovering God
Discovering Beauty, Discovering God
Bacon Hammer, Cynthia A. "Discovering Beauty, Discovering God" Dissertation, Theological Seminary - Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2015.
Exploring God’s Gift of the Creative Arts to Renew Engagement in Worship, Congregational Life, and Mission
Exploring God’s Gift of the Creative Arts to Renew Engagement in Worship, Congregational Life, and Mission
Junkin, Michelle P. "A Fuller Palette of Praise: Exploring God’s Gift of the Creative Arts to Renew Engagement in Worship, Congregational Life, and Mission." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
From Literacy to Visuality: Using Local Images for Preaching and Teaching
From Literacy to Visuality: Using Local Images for Preaching and Teaching
VanderVelden, Grant M. "From Literacy to Visuality: Using Local Images for Preaching and Teaching." Dissertation, Theological Seminary – Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2019.
Grandparenting for Faith: Mine, Yours, and Ours
Grandparenting for Faith: Mine, Yours, and Ours
Smith, Michael W. "Grandparenting for Faith: Mine, Yours, and Ours." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
Inviting Disciples from Post-Boomer Generations to Grow in Christ and Foster Participation with Christ
Inviting Disciples from Post-Boomer Generations to Grow in Christ and Foster Participation with Christ
Sileo, Patrick A. "Inviting Disciples from Post-Boomer Generations to Grow in Christ and Foster Participation with Christ". Dissertation, Theological Seminary - Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2017.
Leadership in a Changing Context: Rediscovering our Faith
Leadership in a Changing Context: Rediscovering our Faith
Hammond, Patricia D. "Leadership in a Changing Context: Rediscovering our Faith." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
Leading the People of God into the Neighborhood: Shifting Our Imaginations to Consider God’s Agency in the Ordinary
Leading the People of God into the Neighborhood: Shifting Our Imaginations to Consider God’s Agency in the Ordinary
Ashenbrenner, Austin. "Standing With The Most Vulnerable: Examining Immigration Policy With a PC(USA) Congregation." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
Responding Faithfully To Generation X
Responding Faithfully To Generation X
Doyle, Christopher J. "Responding Faithfully To Generation X: Why Gen X Rejected The Church en Masse, What It Means to the Future of the Church, & What We Can Do About It." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
Spiritual Formation through Field Education
Spiritual Formation through Field Education
LeFeber, Susan L. " Spiritual Formation through Field Education." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
Standing With The Most Vulnerable: Examining Immigration Policy With a PC(USA) Congregation
Standing With The Most Vulnerable: Examining Immigration Policy With a PC(USA) Congregation
Erde, Christopher O. "Standing With The Most Vulnerable: Examining Immigration Policy With a PC(USA) Congregation." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2021.
The End of the Church As We Know It: What the Historical Church Can Teach Us About What It Means to be The Church
The End of the Church As We Know It: What the Historical Church Can Teach Us About What It Means to be The Church
Domske, Tyler. "The End of the Church As We Know It: What the Historical Church Can Teach Us About What It Means to be The Church." Dissertation, Theological Seminary - Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2017.
The People of God as Exiles: The Story of Exile and Restoration in First Peter
The People of God as Exiles: The Story of Exile and Restoration in First Peter
Crandall, G. Andrew. "The People of God as Exiles: The Story of Exile and Restoration in First Peter." Dissertation, Theological Seminary - Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2017.
Words of Hope and Comfort for Families and Friends of Hospice
Words of Hope and Comfort for Families and Friends of Hospice
Dempsey, Whitney. "Words of Hope and Comfort for Families and Friends of Hospice." Dissertation Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Ministry, University of Dubuque, 2020.