Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charles N Davidson

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, Biblical Studies; Theology; Religion, Clergy

Keywords

failure, foundation, identity, longevity, pastor, Paul

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | Church History | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

The challenges of pastoral ministry can be seen since New Testament times. Studies reveal that an alarming number of pastors leave the ministry each year. Those that remain in ministry often see their families in turmoil as a result of the hardships of ministry. The Apostle Paul's ministry challenges are detailed and described for today's pastor through the New Testament. Today's pastor can learn a great deal from Paul's example in regard to how to finish the race of ministry. Through an examination of Paul's writings, writings about Paul in the book of Acts, surveys with pastors, and a review of relevant literature, this project will seek to identify key foundational elements in Paul's pastoral identity that allowed him to finish the race of ministry.