Health and religion

Between mental illness and faith: the commission of pastoral care

Author
Lawrence Morganfield III
Abstract
This dissertation was researched to discover how churches are meeting the needs of the mentally ill parishioners. It is not yet known how deeply mental illness has affected the church, but its influences are being felt to the point where the church cannot sit by idly and ignore these needs or hope that they will go away. Unfortunately, many church leaders have not incorporated support for the mentally ill in their pastoral care repertoire yet. The goal of this study is to explore aspects of how the church is responding to this need and how it ministers to mentally ill parishioners and then provide recommendations for spiritual care and growth for this growing segment of the church.

ADAPTERS: A Meta-Theoretical Conceptualization of Human Functioning and Therapeutic Intervention

Author
Gary W McDonald D.Min.
Abstract
Counselors utilizing eclectic and integrative approaches need a sound theoretical model on which to base their work. For the Christian counselor, this model must be biblically based as well as psychologically accurate. Although there are hundreds of models of psychotherapy, and many conceptualizations of integration, there exists a need for an overarching meta-theory to provide structure to these various approaches and guide effective interventions. The thesis was a theoretical development project. The author developed a comprehensive model of human functioning and therapeutic intervention that provides support for counselors utilizing eclectic or integrative approaches to therapy. The art and science of therapeutic intervention covers a wide spectrum of theory and practice.

Improving Accompaniment Practices by Roman Catholic Chaplains for Native Americans in a Health Care Setting

Author
Kathleen M. Van Duser D.Min.
Abstract
The project seeks to improve accompaniment practices by chaplains in the health care setting for those ministering to Indigenous people. A brief history of Indigenous people in North America and seven major beliefs common to all North American Indigenous people are offered that are meaningful to chaplains. Interviews are provided with Indigenous people, medical personnel, and chaplains to learn how to improve the accompaniment of Indigenous people. Multicultural, cross-cultural, and intercultural relationships, as well as how to learn to cross over from one culture to another are discussed. Plural spiritualities are also addressed. Steps are provided to distribute this information to medical personnel and chaplains.

A Discovery of Healing Prayer in Treatment for Physical Ailments at Mount Calvary Baptist Church

Author
James G Vittek
Abstract
A Discovery of Healing Prayer in Treatment for Physical Ailments at Mount Calvary Baptist Church:
The purpose of this project was to discover the degree to which a group of adult members of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Bedford, Ohio, integrate healing prayer into treatment for physical ailments. The design of the project included the administration of a quantitative and qualitative survey-questionnaire to be completed by the participants of the study. Demographic questions addressed gender, age, and race. The results of the project revealed that the participants mostly agreed that they used healing prayer to treat physical pain in themselves and others.

Encountering God’s Healing Through Holistic Spiritual Formation

Author
Caleb Aaron Smith D.Min.
Abstract
This portfolio begins by way of a spiritual autobiography to explore how the Lord has introduced me to different kinds of beauty, in an effort to bring about transformative beauty in my own life. These include the beauty of nature, as I grew up in New Zealand; the beauty of people that I worked or worshiped with in South Africa; but also, the unexpected beauty of pain and struggle, that I experienced in Chicago IL. In each of these places, I find the Lord forming and shaping me, but also bringing healing, for the fear and anxiety which I had experienced for much of my life.
The next chapter in the format of a spiritual formation manual, then explores five dimensions of spiritual formation and healing and is geared especially for believers who similarly struggle with anxiety. Paul identifies three of these dimensions in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, where he refers to the “sanctification of body, soul and spirit.” The dimensions of community (or the social dimension) and further, nature or God’s creation are also explored.
My final chapter, by way of a field research report, then places further emphasis on the dimension of nature, through a spiritual practice called Scripture and Nature Immersion (SNI). Following my research, I suggest that SNI can assist with the following: 1. redirecting participants thoughts from rumination of adverse situations to meditating on the Lord and his various divine attributes; 2. aiding participants in changing their negative emotions and moods into positive ones.

Developing a Health Strategy for SURV Church, Winter Haven, Florida

Author
James Smith
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a health strategy for SURV Church Winter Haven, Florida. The project director utilized the Transformational Church Assessment Tool and the Prompempo International Church Missions Profile to assess the current health of SURV Church. A demographic study and interview with a Missions organization helped determine a wellness baseline. The director studied the Bible, theological resources, and other healthy church practices to determine healthy indicators and best practices. The project director developed a health strategy with the support of church members input. The proejct director presented the health strategy to SURV Church for approval.

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.

The New Disciples' Questions and Answers Companion Guide Map

Author
Harlee Johnson
Abstract
This project examined direct Biblical pastoral care communication between pastors and pastoral care providers both within the congregation and its community, respectively. The author created a social media newsletter to assist pastoral care workers in ministering directly to their members and patients, Monday through Saturday. The analysis suggest that a daily e-mail newsletter will be effective and flexible in meeting the participants' communication needs, practically, biblically, and spiritually.

Interfaith Counselling Manual for Healthcare in India

Author
Atula Jamir
Abstract
When children are born with deformities parents undergo socio-economic stress and spiritual anxiety that result in raising several theological and moral questions. This manual focuses on the religious resources for parents with children born with clubfoot. This study elaborates religious resources from Christian, Hindu, and Islam scriptures. The reference manual is aimed to empower every counsellor and health workers who closely work with family members of children with disability. Apart from providing the right references to Holy Scriptures, this manual will enhance interfaith relations and help healthcare workers, counsellors, and parents bridge a barrier that transcends creed, colour, and culture.

Psychopharmacology as a Secondary Means of Grace: The Pastoral Vision of Wesleyan-Holiness Pastors in the Upper Ohio River Valley of West Virginia, 2017

Author
Heather Vacek
Abstract
Since the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) has spread in Western society, how can positive attitudes about psychiatric medications be best encouraged among the Wesleyan-Holiness pastors in the Upper Ohio River Valley of West Virginia? Through a survey involving fourteen pastors and a seminar engaging six pastors, the author--a pastor with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)--demonstrates the effectiveness of an interactive seminar in developing balanced yet positive attitudes about psychiatric medications. Mapes' argument focuses on the medical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of psychiatric disorders, presenting psychopharmacology as the "way of Naaman" and yet as an essential option.
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