| Olson is one of many DMin frauds in WELS|
and the LCMS who call themselves "Doctor"
and insist on honors they have not earned.
Church Growthers like Kelm and Witte are
too lazy to attempt a real PhD.
After graduating from seminary Olson went on to earn two additional graduate degrees, a Master of Sacred Theology degree in exegetical theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree in practical theology with an emphasis in evangelism. His doctoral dissertation dealt with understanding and responding to inactive members in our congregations.
|Olson's only congregation never grew.|
But Steve Spencer wrote, "Olson is harmless.
Everyone knows he's a heretic."
First of all, seminary is not a graduate degree. They took on the designation Master of Divinity because it looked better. The original professional degrees were Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Medicine. The physicians changed that to "doctor" but they get a master's degree when earning a specialty after the MD.
Next - the STM in exegetical theology. Where? It sounds like Mordor, but Larry also went to Trinity Divinity, the nearby Church Growth school for WELS.
D.Min. - He has tried so hard to hide his study at Fuller Seminary, but his essay is found in the Martin Luther College Library. I saw it - a DMin from Fuller Seminary.
A DMin is another name for the STM. The seminaries wanted to get ministers back for additional study and cash-flow. They got nowhere with an STM degree, so they changed it to DMin. They pump all kinds of money out of ministers for the DMin.
Larry did not write a "doctoral dissertation." He wrote a windy essay. If he had entered a PhD program, he would have had at least two years of resident study at Fuller Seminary. They do offer PhDs in some of their programs. If he passed written exams after those two or three years of resident study, he would have entered the dissertation phase, which often takes years.
Instead, Larry took a few courses, as he boasted in Christian News, and wrote his Church Growth essay. A "Doctor" he is not.