Clergy--Religious life

Identificación de las Estrategias Para Acompañar a la Familia Pastoral Que Ha Sido Herida Emocional y Espiritualmente por Miembros de Sus Congregaciones

Author
Alejandro Roque D.Min.
Abstract
Se han hecho estudios acerca de pastores heridos que eventualmente abandonaron el ministerio. Sin embargo, poco se ha trabajado en la investigación acerca de la familia pastoral herida emocional y espiritualmente por miembros de sus congregaciones y de las estrategias de acompañamiento pastoral que les restaure exitosamente como familia y al ministerio.

El enfoque de este proyecto ha sido investigar y encontrar las estrategias de acompañamiento a la familia pastoral que ha sido herida y afectada de manera negativa. Las heridas emocionales y espirituales provocaron que algunos pastores y sus familias abandonaran el ministerio, la iglesia y en algunos casos hasta la separación o divorcio. La narrativa del proyecto habla acerca del impacto de las adversidades causantes de las heridas y del resultado en la vida de la familia de los pastores entrevistados.

En este proyecto se entrevistó a ocho pastores. Las familias de estos pastores fueron impactadas negativamente por los problemas ocasionados por miembros de sus congregaciones lo que les causó heridas emocionales y espirituales. Debido a los problemas en sus congregaciones, los pastores enfrentan múltiples presiones y exigencies de parte de sus iglesias, y las heridas emocionales y espirituales que esto les causa no han sido tratadas debidamente. La familia pastoral herida no ha recibido, por parte de sus denominaciones, el apoyo espiritual y emocional que les conduzca hacia la restauración. Por esta razón, se ha encontrado la necesidad de este proyecto: el encontrar estrategias de acompañamiento para traer sanidad a la familia pastoral.

Este trabajo de investigación incluye las estrategias de acompañamiento que ayudarán de una manera efectiva a que los pastores sean restaurados emocional y espiritualmente.

Pro Deo Et Patria : lessons from Daniel for navigating the God-country paradox as an army chaplain

Author
John E. Scott
Abstract
"Pro Deo Et Patria, For God and Country, is the Army Chaplain Corps motto. Is it possible to serve both when the chaplain believes these entities' values are in conflict? This project was about the God-Country Paradox, the apparent self-contradictory concept of serving God and country as a Christian Army Chaplain. The author conducted a biblical case study of Daniel 1-6, and a phenomenological questionnaire of conservative Christian chaplains to learn about this challenge and to contribute to addressing it. The author then used that knowledge to craft the God-Country Paradox workshop, which he presented to active duty battalion chaplains as a mentoring session. The author determined that identity is a critical factor in serving God and country and that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah are excellent biblical archetypes of how to serve God and country loyally." -- Leaf [2].

The theological, personal and pastoral identity of the military chaplain

Author
Anthony J. Hunley
Abstract
Cultivating and sustaining one’s theological, personal, and pastoral identity while serving in the religiously and culturally diverse environment of the military is critical to the success of the mission and the chaplain. Utilizing John Wesley’s Class Meeting model, the author constituted a provisional Chaplain Covenant Group as one tool to support chaplains in their identity efforts. This Project Paper shares the foundations and story of that group; along with recommendations for implementation of this successful initiative as other military chaplains seek to defend themselves against spiritual warfare, bolster their identity, and live out their calling to serve God and country.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

The 21st Century Spiritual Disciplines of Chinese Pastors in Metropolitan Toronto

Author
Wai Kei Lee D.Min.
Abstract
This study is intended to explore the importance of spiritual discipline of pastors regarding their ministry and inner spiritual life. Without building a strong relationship with Heavenly Father, one cannot easily stand firm when facing the challenges from work or temptations from the world especially in this postmodern 21st century metropolitan Toronto. Interviews with pastors who are held highly in reputation and have long lasting ministry experiences have been conducted. Their rich and real life sharings definitely will serve as a precious resource for this dissertation. A list of spiritual discipline practices that are relevant and suitable for current 21st century setting at metropolitan Toronto will be provided at final.

Steal Away: Reclaiming Wholistic Health and Well-Being Clergywomen's Health Initiative

Author
Paula B Smith
Abstract
Clergy health matters. Clergy health is considered critically threatened in various dimensions of health and well-being when compared to a representative sample of the general population. The Reclaiming Wholistic Health and Well-Being Clergy Women's Health Initiative utilized a covenant peer group model, an overnight retreat, health professional/spiritual director consultations, and an online and in person communication forums to facilitate theological reflection and engagement in spiritual disciplines to cultivate healthy habits in five dimensions of health: spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and financial. The participants demonstrated improvement in all dimensions.

One bread ... one body strengthening pastoral leaders through communion

Author
Leah S Hidde-Gregory
Abstract
This paper researched the impact of clergy gathering sacramentally for peer support and clergy development as a means of increasing effectiveness and reducing isolation. Sacramental groups comprised of clergy from various education and ordination levels were developed to build community using a Eucharistic ritual template to improve clergy effectiveness and wholeness, increase connectionalism, reduce clergy isolation, and offer support needed to effectively minister to the changing communities within the district. Clergy gathered monthly around a meal, celebrated Holy Communion, and the sharing of ideas and best practices. The analysis of self assessments, supervisory evaluations, interviews, and observations, clergy effectiveness showed some improvement and the factors measuring isolation was greatly reduced.

Evaluating the impact of the healing care group curriculum on the spiritual transformation of a select group of ministers

Author
Rosalyne R Mitchell-Martin
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to impact the level of spiritual transformation of a select group of ministers through the use of the Healing Care Group Curriculum. A cross-section of ministers from different levels of ministry and different age groups was selected. The project incorporated an eight-week Healing Care Group curriculum and a 15-question survey used to measure their responses. The results revealed a transformational change in the level of awareness of the group. The unexpected outcome is their eagerness to use the tools of inner healing and their openness to share the inner healing journey.

An Investigation of Self-Care Practices and Principles Among the Pentecostal-Apostolic Clergy

Author
Chelsea A Hall
Abstract
The perspectives and practices of self-care among Pentecostal Apostolic (P-A) clergy from United Pentecostal Church International, Worldwide Pentecostal Fellowship, and independent organizations, were investigated through a convergent-parallel mixed-method design. Analysis of self-reported survey data with triangulation of biblical, theological and psychological literature reviews produced four principles of self-care essential for P-A clergy. Self-care must be holistic, focused on personal not congregational well being, practice active non-judgmental self-awareness, and accept personal limitations. Self-worth resides in God's acceptance, not ministerial success or failure. Participants reported embracing the necessity of self-care without adequate practice and displayed a fragmented understanding of the concept and concept application.

A Model for Small Church Leadership to Support Thier Minister's Self-Care

Author
Jeremy S Allard
Abstract
The complexity of vocational ministry is difficult to manage and maintain. Balancing the complex nature of the church, relationships, family life, spiritual and personal life provides the minister with a struggle that rarely ceases. Pursuing self-care within this environment can provide relief to the struggle but is difficult to do alone. The study seeks to provide a model for local church leadership to support their minister so he or she can successfully manage ministry and personal life through self-care practices. The project identified ministers employed in Stone-Campbell churches with a weekly attendance of less than 125 in Minnesota and Wisconsin. A survey was sent to these ministers asking what types of support they receive from their congregation and leadership. The results of the survey identified five ministers who received the highest support. These five ministers were interviewed to determine the relationship between the church leadership support and their self care practices. The biblical and theological review examined the imago Dei's relationship with the elements of self-care with a priority towards spiritual formation. The literature review identified six strategies for successful self-care practice. The interviews identified three relationships that influence the practice of a minister's self-care. These relationships are the foundation to the model for how church leadership can support their minister's self-care.

The Whole Servant Leader: Leading from the Inside Out

Author
Jewel D Williams
Abstract
This project addressed the need to understand what internal attributes are necessary for the servant leader to exhibit Patterson's seven virtues successfully. The examination of the lives of pastors, leaders, and lay leaders defined as servant leaders based on Patterson's doctoral work, helped in the development of an attribute-driven virtue-focused servant leadership development model. The findings revealed that the necessary steps to the development of the attributes within the leader were: a dependency upon God, having mentors or coaches, building self-awareness and self-development, creating the right environment, and teaching the leader about service.
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