Author(s)

Gail NanezFollow

Date

5-2016

Department

School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Jeffrey D. Ward

Keywords

Death of Church Members, Widows, Grieving, Counselling

Disciplines

Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

An examination of widows in the local church reveals a growing percentage of widows in many churches today, signifying a significant ministry need for widows in the church. An abundance of widows sitting in churches, are not only suffering the grief, and loneliness from their loss, some have lost their only income and sometimes feel neglected or a burden to others. As a biblical mandate, it is imperative that the church, pastors, and counselors take heed to the biblical command of ministering to the comfortlessness and insecurity many widows are facing. This will entail revitalization of the care of widows, by implementing and developing a strategy of ministering to the widow in the local church with questionnaires being sent to pastors and widows of local churches in the Saint Louis area.