Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charlie Davidson

Primary Subject Area

Theology; Social Work; Psychology, General; Religion, General; Religion, Clergy

Keywords

Counseling, Decision, Decision Management Counseling, Effective Counseling, Pastoral, Philosophy of Counseling

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Counseling Psychology | Practical Theology | Psychology | Religion | Social Work | Sociology

Abstract

Pastors are expected to counsel various people with various problems. However, in most circumstances, pastors have little time to prepare for counseling sessions and cannot be long-term therapists. Therefore, it is critical for the pastor to be able to quickly and effectively give substantial guidance to counselees. The purpose of this project is to develop and implement a pastoral counseling program with a decision management focus. A survey will be conducted with at least one hundred (100) pastors who engage in counseling as part of their regular ministry duties. This project will develop and communicate a practical counseling approach for implementation by busy pastors and will be undergirded by case studies. Special attention will be given to developing an electronic tool for pastoral counseling.