Date of Award


Degree Name

Leadership Studies


College of Education and Professional Development

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Ronald Childress, Committee Chairperson

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Bethel

Third Advisor

Dr. Bob Rubenstein


While hospitality is a major biblical doctrine and a requirement of Christian living and outreach, few ministers begin their ministries recognizing the essence and essentiality of hospitality in ministry or intentionally highlight and model it to those they lead. One root cause for this may stem from the seminaries in which our ministers train, that our seminaries have no apparent agreement on a formal framework for teaching hospitality and too few seminaries are marked by a culture of hospitality. This study seeks to establish a formal framework for hospitality in seminary education. Such a framework could be used to instigate cultural shifts in seminary education resulting in more hospitable relationships among school personnel, so graduates will be better able to employ hospitable relationships in their future ministries. The study proposes to do this by first developing a propositional framework based upon the literature and then building upon that propositional framework through recommendations gleaned from interviews with seminary administrators and professors, pastors, and missionaries.


Hospitality in the Bible.

Church work – Study and teaching.