Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


David W. Hirschman


Unequally Yoked, 1 Cor. 7:12-16, Unsaved Spouse, Unbelieving Spouse, 2 Cor. 6:14


Christianity | Religion


Some Christians face unique challenges within the context of their marriages and cohabitating relationships because their spouses or partners are unsaved. This unequally yoked spiritual dynamic may negatively impact not only their marital/cohabitating relationships, but also their Christian spiritual growth and maturity. Many of these Christians are unsure about what the Bible advises about their situation. Unfortunately, many churches do not have programming to support this Christian demographic. This thesis project, through a qualitative, phenomenological research framework, will seek to understand, interpret, and describe the experiences these individuals contend with as a result of their unequally yoked marital/cohabitating way of life. Ideally, the goal of this thesis project is to bring to light the challenges faced by these uniquely situated Christians to assist the local church in developing and implementing programming that addresses the unique needs of these couples and assist in keeping married couples together and promote marriage for cohabitating couples, enhancing the quality of life for them and their families.

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