Pastoral counseling

Preaching and Pastoral Care: Helping a Hurting Church Heal and Move Ministry Forward

Author
Curlee Lamont Adams D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis project focuses on preaching and pastoral care and its ability to help bring healing to a church hurting in the aftermath of issues that originated from previous pastoral leadership. In the black church context, such issues and the resulting hurt experienced by congregations have become almost normative, and the means by which it has been addressed is limited at best. People who have suffered from betrayal, hurt, and loss are often told to “let go and let God.” The perpetuation of this has often taken place from the pulpit, which should be a place from which the good news of Christ’s unending grace is preached. It is the effort of this writer to show through contextual practice how the integration of preaching and pastoral care can help churches overcome hurt in order to move ministry forward.

Empowering the Church to Promote Hope and Healing to Those Suffering from Addiction

Author
Donna Seay D.Min.
Abstract
Addiction continues to be on the rise in the United States and affects both individuals and families who suffer from this disease. “Empowering The Church To Promote Hope and Healing to Those Suffering From Addiction” was designed to educate, equip, and empower members of the church to journey with those who suffer from addiction. The four-week curriculum was based on the four functions of Pastoral Care which are healing, guiding, sustaining, and reconciliation. The project utilized a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the results. Participants were provided theological and biblical foundations for the four functions of pastoral care.

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.

AN AUTOETHNOGRAPHIC EXPLORATION OF MY CPE LEARNING PROCESS

Author
Anurag Mani D.Min.
Abstract
In this project I explore the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) learning process through the lenses of my human condition: my being an immigrant who was born and raised outside the United States of America and came to the country and to the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) process in my adulthood. I use the research method of autoethnography to explore and give voice to my experience. As an immigrant, I observe that my experience of my journey to become a CPE Educator has been marked with unique challenges that seemed different to the experience of those who were born and raised in the U.S.A. My research question is: Can a careful analysis and interpretation of my own experience in the CPE education process help other immigrants seeking CPE certification to better understand their own complex and unique experience through this difficult, challenging, and exciting process?

Personalized Music as a Spiritual Intervention with People Living with Dementia

Author
Regina Wentzel Wolfe
Abstract
The author tested the thesis: providing a device with a personalized music playlist is one effective spiritual resource for people living with moderate to severe dementia in a long-term care facility when used on a regular basis in a spiritual care relationship. Listening to the familiar music helps build a relationship of care and support, helps the resident feel comforted, lessees the anxiety of the resident, assists in meaning making, and lessens the resident's feelings of isolation. this author wrote five case studies based on spiritual; care visits over a period of three months. the research supported the thesis.

Accepted in the Beloved A Seminar for Applying the Truth of Union with Christ to the Troublesome Triad of Guilt, Fear, and Shame

Author
Timothy P Foster
Abstract
This project explored the potential applications of the doctrine of union with Christ to pastoral counseling. The author developed and deployed a seminar for ascertaining whether an increased understanding of the security of the gospel (i.e., union with Christ) could help Christians engage their troublesome emotions and assist them in the dissolution of negative affect (guilt, fear, or shame). The author discovered the various ways this jewel of a doctrine could be an effective tool in small groups, large groups, and in personalized counseling.

Preaching as Pastoral Care Utilizing the Tenets of Pastoral Care and Counseling to Influence Sermon Development

Author
James R Johnson
Abstract
This thesis project focuses on preaching as pastoral care and the process of integration. In the Black church context, it is taboo for one to seek counseling outside of the realm of the church. People who face issues such as mental illness and poverty are often stigmatized and labeled. The perpetuation of such stigmas is often introduced and reinforced through the preaching of the gospel. It is the effort of the writer to show through contextual practice how the integration of preaching and pastoral care challenges the church to rethink preaching as a means of healing care.

Compassion fatigue and the church counselor at Saddleback Church

Author
Kathy Ann Camarillo
Abstract
The church counselors at Saddleback Church are at risk of compassion fatigue due to their exposure to traumatic events in the counseling process. This project assessed and addressed the risk of compassion fatigue. Counselors were taught the definition for and characteristics of compassion fatigue and given an assessment to measure the risk. Six counselors were selected, based on their assessment scores, to participate in an eight-week project. Participants discovered how the symptoms of compassion fatigue impacted their spiritual, emotional, physical and psychological well-being. Participants adopted practices of self-care to mitigate and prevent compassion fatigue and reported positive outcomes.

Toward permanence addressing the need for accessible permarital care for deaf couples

Author
Peter Christopher Myers
Abstract
This project addressed the inaccessibility of premarital-care resources in the church for deaf couples whose first language in American Sign Language (ASL). Using case study methodology, ten deaf married couples were interviewed about their experiences with premarital care. Four central issues were addressed: the couple's attitudes toward premarital care; the perceived competency of the care provider; the process and approach(es) of premarital care that the couple received; and follow-up provided by the care provider. Major themes and resulting recommendations for ministry applications were offered.
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