Date

9-2016

Department

School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charlie Davidson

Keywords

Education, HIV/AIDS, Houses of Worship, Ministries, Sigmas, Training

Disciplines

Christianity | Ethics in Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

This project will develop a hands-on practical Train- the-Trainer Resource Guide to implement caring HIV/AIDS ministries for the local churches in the Carolina Region of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. It will become an evangelistic tool to reach and empower the most marginalized in society that will provide resources leading to transformative ministries. Many lack understanding regarding those who suffer with HIV/AIDS, and winning over those who possess judgmental attitudes and fears keeps the church at odds with those living with this disease. Nonetheless, appropriate exposure to caring HIV/AIDS ministries can empower the disenfranchised and strengthen the faith community at large. Additionally, this thesis project will address the biases, stigmas, and prejudices of churches toward those suffering with HIV/AIDS. After analyzing focus group sessions and questionnaires from selected congregations, this study also looks to reveal the cultural fears, myths and barriers leading to apathy and offers practical steps toward prevention, acceptance, and producing ministries who through education and training, will become change-agents in their thinking and action.