Health and religion

In their own words : stories of healing and practices for the church

Author
Jason T. Link
Abstract
The purpose of this project was twofold: 1) to research how the church community can be a place of healing in people's lives, and 2) to suggest practices that when enacted would help a church to be a place of healing. Church life was differentiated into three levels: Pastorally, Relationally, and Congregationally. A group of people were interviewed who had received some type of healing and their lives and were asked to share how the church community helped in the healing process. Based off of the information gathered in the interviews, practices were suggested for the church at each of the three levels of church life.

Crisis pregnancy : A time of decision making, a call to ministry

Author
Donald E. Moyer
Abstract
Over a million women each year experience a crisis pregnancy. This project's goal is to offer recommendations for local church ministry and insights for pastors as they attempt to minister to persons facing crisis pregnancy decisions and their consequences.

Through an interview process involving forty-six respondents, the project strives to identify the variety of factors perceived to have influenced decisions in response to crisis pregnancies, to describe the nature, and to assess the relative strength of such influences in the woman's experience. The project also formulated recommendations for ministries of support for such women.

Through the networking of community resources with limited church resources and people, a ministry of support is possible to allow women in crisis to choose alternatives to abortion.

Developing Holistic Health in Pastors and Christian Leaders through a Supervised Peer Support Network

Author
Mark Schweitzer D.Min.
Abstract
This project is designed to develop holistic health in pastors and Christian leaders through a supervised peer support gathering. During the twelve week gathering that met for two hours each week the supervisor created a relational dynamic that allowed the participants to share their lives and ministry in a safe environment as they learned to assess themselves biblically using holistic health as a framework. Each participant set holistic health goals and used accountability provided by the supervisor and peer group. The project made a significant impact in the holistic health as those who participated developed new patterns or further developed old patterns.

Equipping Advent Health Leaders to Hold Team Members Accountable Through Hard Conversations

Author
David L Kennedy D.Min.
Abstract
Many leaders at AdventHealth avoid holding those they are leading accountable through hard conversations. This affects both the performance of the team they are leading, as well as the organizational health of the hospital. As this project demonstrated, it can also affect the mental health of the leader, leading to feelings of isolation and shame. This problem was addressed through a twelve-week intervention on how to navigate accountability conversations consisting of reading, group meetings, role-playing, and mentoring. The project utilized a qualitative, phenomenological method to explore the lived experiences of each of the participants. The specific behavioral changes sought were decreased avoidance of crucial conversations and an increase in perceived effectiveness at navigating them. Participants were selected using the Style Under Stress Assessment (SUSA), setting a baseline for avoidance and perceived effectiveness. Pre- and post-project semi-structured interviews were also conducted, and participants took the SUSA again after the intervention to determine whether avoidance had decreased and perceived effectiveness had increased. The result was that participants not only increased in their perceived effectiveness and decreased their avoidance of these difficult discussions, but feelings of isolation were replaced with relational connection and shame was replaced with “tentative confidence”.

DEVELOPING A WORKSHOP TO ENCOURAGE THE ORDINATION OF PASTORAL CLINICIANS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Author
In Gyu Chang
Abstract
This project is to remind both medicine and Christianity of the urgent need for the reunification of the separated spirituality and medicine in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. This recommendation is based on both scientific research and biblical teachings. Many studies have shown that the majority of patients are suffering from spiritual distress, and this distress is not being properly addressed by medicine or Christianity. According to the scientific studies and the teachings of the Bible, a holistic biopsychosocial spiritual (BPSS) strategy is necessary to best treat patients. There are two approaches to develop a BPSS strategy: (1) short term, which would involve training of all clinicians in addressing spiritual distress, and (2) long term, which would develop pastoral clinicians (PCs) to integrate medicine and spirituality. The latter approach is the focus of my dissertation.

Reclaiming salvation as health, healing, and wholeness in the Wesleyan tradition : a contextualization for first generation Hispanic-Latinos

Author
Emma Arely Escobar
Abstract
"As The United Methodist Church (UMC) attempts to remain relevant to the growing Hispanic-Latino community, a new problem has arisen through the recruitment of new pastors from abroad and from other denominations. Colonized theological frameworks of recruited pastors affect their involvement in holistic ministries that address social justice work. This project proposes a teaching module that addresses salvation as health, healing, and wholeness in the Wesleyan tradition. Sections in this module are critical to teaching these recruited pastors and leaders the importance of seeing salvation holistically (meaning as salvation for the body, mind, and spirit) in order to engage in effective ministry. The author uses surveys and pastors' interviews to demonstrate the importance of this approach." -- Leaf [2].

Moral injury : healing intervention for the wounded warrior

Author
Brent D. Culpen
Abstract
"Moral Injury is a fairly new term [that is] used to describe military personnel who have had their moral conscience compromised. However, the phenomenon appears to have been around for centuries, perhaps since soldiers have gone [off] to war and suffered in [the] aftermath. This study contends that when military chaplains refer individuals with mental issues to behavioral health services, chaplains miss the opportunity to offer much-needed religious guidance for those who suffer. In this study, the author examines how chaplains can help soldiers struggling with moral injury to make steps on the road to healing and recovery." -- Leaf [2].

Developing spiritual self-care events and programs at Brooke Army Medical Center through the Department of Ministry & Pastoral Care

Author
Danny P. Crosby Jr.
Abstract
"This project explores the topic, discovers the needs, and proposes solutions for a lack of self-care in a military hospital setting. The author explains what the results of poor self-care are and focuses on burnout and compassion fatigue. He wrote and presented a 4-week Bible study, multiple leadership lessons, and conducted a one-day Chaplain workshop to address the topic. He also conducted surveys, interviews, and made personal observations to prove his thesis. The results led to conclusions and further insights regarding the importance of self-care in this setting. The results also contributed to an increased awareness with command leadership, the development of ongoing programming, and more consistent self-care practices among participants. The hoped-for impact of this research will result in less burnout, compassion fatigue, and depression among staff members and volunteers at Brooke Army Medical Center." -- Leaf [2].

Strength through elevating sacred acts of kindness : supporting individuals living with sickle cell

Author
Yvonne Williams Boyd
Abstract
"Living with sickle cell is daunting. It is diagnosed in childhood. The disease is increasingly challenging during young adult years. Broadening the knowledge base of healthcare professionals who provide care to this patient population is the emphasis of the project. The foci of this project were the Kaiser Permanente Southern California regional chaplains. Additionally, and in collaboration with the Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles adult sickle cell team, the author, [currently serving as a clinical chaplain], facilitated a design for a transitional program [to address the spiritual and emotional needs] for [teen] individuals with sickle cell, ages 16-18." -- Leaf [2].

Assessing the Effectiveness of Training in Spiritual Leadership Theory on Nurse Manager Spiritual Well-Being, Job Satisfaction, and Burnout

Author
Rebekah Wagner D.Min.
Abstract
With nursing burnout at an all-time high, this researcher evaluated a chaplain intervention to support nurse managers. Prior interventions for burnout have been focused on the staff nurse level. This is very important work, but without also addressing the needs of leaders, it is unlikely to be successful. Studies have shown that one of the predictors of nurse turnover is poor leadership. This project addressed the needs of the nurse managers, with the hypothesis that improved leadership will lead to improved burnout status of the staff nurses. Training was provided in Spiritual Leadership Theory which prioritizes the utilization of spiritual practices and concepts to empower and develop leaders. This training, daily spiritual practices, and participation in bi-monthly spiritual direction/companionship meetings over three months comprised the intervention. Burnout, job satisfaction and spiritual well-being were measured pre and post intervention. Because of the small participant size, no quantitative statistically significant results were able to be noted; although, continued study with additional participants is planned to gather further quantitative data. Qualitative results from the three-month pilot project included improvements in the ability to be reflective rather than reactive, to interact with team members holistically, and to foster spiritual refreshment and renewal.
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