Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

The Dissertation Process

For four years, I have been working on the dissertation project.  This is larger than a huge research project, it was a field test within a congregation.  It involved working with a team within the congregation, fulfilling the desires of the elders, and partnering with the church to accomplish a work for the Lord.  All of this is done, so now I am in the processing stage.  This means that I am to reflect on what was accomplished.  What worked, what did not, and how to improve the process for the future.  The dissertation is written, all 180 pages, and now I am in the process of bringing it down to 125 pages.  This is done to create stronger clarity of thought and expression.  It is a trying process, and it time consuming and challenging.  But once again, this is done not to punish a student, but to develop the student.  We become better ministers, and men of God when we are challenged.  During this process, I am gaining greater respect to those men who have gone before me.  If there is a minister who has accomplished this goal, one certainty is that he is not lazy.  He understands challenge, and he understands difficulty, it is a great purifying process.  I still have a ton of work to do, but with dedication, it will be finished.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.


2 Responses to “The Dissertation Process”

  1. Mark Johnson says:

    Stay with it Matthew, it is worth it!

  2. K. Rex Butts says:

    Keep up the great work. I begin my first D.Min class this coming summer, with a projected finish date of (gasp) 2017.

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