Benchmark – Doctrinal Assessment of Church Practice




This project provides an opportunity to experience the differences in church doctrine, church government, and sacramental practice.


  1. Research a Christian denomination that has a different form of the doctrine of the church, different church government, and a different practice of the sacraments/ordinances (including baptism and Lord’s Supper/Eucharist/Communion) than your own.Solid understanding of your denomination is required.
  2. If possible, visit a local church associated with another Christian denomination. Go when you can observe some of the differences.
  3. Make an appointment to interview the minister of a local church of another Christian denomination. If a face-to-face interview is not feasible arrange a phone interview at the convenience of the minister.

Set of Interview Questions

Based on your research, prepare a set of 10-15 interview questions to ask the church minister. Questions should request that the minister explain the following:

  1. Doctrine of the church
  2. Church government
  3. Sacrament/ordinances
  4. Denominational material such as doctrinal statements, prayer books, catechisms, or service books


This presentation must be academic and scholarly, designed for an audience from a specific church congregation from your denomination.

Create a 12-15-slide presentation that includes the following:

  1. In one to two slides, summarize of your observations, including a summary of interview questions and responses from the minister.
  2. In five to six slides, explain the differences in the doctrines of the churches and theological understanding between your denomination and the other denomination that lead to differences of practice(s) that you observed.
  3. In three to five slides, analyze what you perceive as the strengths and weaknesses of each denominations’ theology and practice. Do not just assert your preference or your denominational stance, but rather think theologically about the rationale of the distinctions in these churches’ doctrines.
  4. In addition, create a title slide, reference slides, and slide notes that provide a detailed explanation of your research, observations, and interview. Be sure to include the denominational material you noted.

Use three to four academic resources (preferably from the GCU Library) including the Bible and course material to support your explanations.

While GCU style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using GCU formatting guidelines, which can be found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

This benchmark assignment assesses the following competency:

BA-Christian Studies

2.1: Demonstrate an understanding of historic Christian doctrines.