Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charlie Davidson

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Religion, Philosophy of; Theology; Health Sciences, General

Keywords

Assessment, Chaplain, Crisis, Distress, Pastor, Patient

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Medicine and Health Sciences | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

Hospitalized patients are at an elevated risk of suffering from spiritual distress. Patients value and expect having spiritual and emotional needs met when hospitalized. A direct correlation exists between spiritual and physical health, making spiritual assessment and care a pastoral priority. Research indicates a lack of proper training for pastors making hospital visits. The purpose of this project is to provide pastors with resources and understanding of spiritual assessment of hospitalized patients. This project also provides pastors with a template for a new model of spiritual assessment to aid with establishing a spiritual assessment tool to meet their ministry needs, and fit their ministry personality, administer self-care, and evaluate their assessment and intervention.