Author(s)

Kang HwangFollow

Date

5-2017

Department

Rawlings School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Yoojung Lee

Keywords

Exhaustion, Restoration, The Power of the Cross

Disciplines

Christianity | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

Korean churches, having experienced an unusual spike in growth in the 1980s, have fallen prey to slower and slower growth since the 1990s. Pastors, who had been in the center of the churches, took all the responsibility for the slowdown in growth. Hence, conflict has intensified among Christians, leading to phenomenon of pastors’ exhaustion. The problem is that the exhaustion has a great impact on churches as well as the pastors themselves. In addition, most pastors are experiencing this currently or will be experiencing it soon. Therefore, the researcher will study the biblical Sabbath, God’s prevention and healing through God’s prescriptions for the figures who were exhausted, and a theoretical background for ways to recover the exhaustion through the study of dissertations and books. The researcher takes the questionnaire survey for measurable data from 40 pastors who have experienced exhaustion, and he will construct a statistical view of the survey, from reason and process to results and solutions. Through the study, the researcher seeks for specific theories for recovery and propose an alternative for these pastors, and others who may experience the same exhaustion.