School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Psychology, General; Religion, Clergy; Religion, General; Sociology, General
Adultery, Drugs, Malfeasance, Molestation, Pastoral Counseling, Pastors
Christianity | Counseling Psychology | Practical Theology | Psychology | Religion | Sociology
Craven, Shirley, "A Resource for Pastors and Counselors: Ministering to Spiritual and Emotional Needs of Those in Ministry" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 603.
Some pastors are in need of pastoral care and counseling; unfortunately, many will never receive the care they need. Pastors often suffer in silence because they feel they cannot trust revealing their deep dark secrets with fellow clergy. The lack of confidentiality among pastors has caused leaders to struggle in silence with the very issues they preach against: adultery, fornication, pornography, drug, alcohol, etc. The fear of exposure has driven some pastors to seek help in other states where they can remain anonymous. Providing this type of resource will enable pastors to take control of their lives, and seek the help they need. It will validate pastors concern that there is a need for appropriate pastoral care and counseling for pastors. Through the statistical data, survey, interviews and model of hope established, pastors will understand the significance of marriage and family and will seek the help need to overcome malfeasance.