Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Charlie Davidson, David W. Hirschman
Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Self-Care Strategies Vicarious Trauma
Christianity | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Jones, Michael, "The Challenges and Biblical 'Self-Care' Strategies For 'Direct-Care' Staff In Residential Treatment Facilities" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1164.
Ministry means more than just pastoral duties within the context of the church. Those in ministry, and particularly those in ‘direct-care’ positions working in residential treatment facilities in childcare face a plethora of issues that can be mentally, emotionally, physically, relationally, and spiritually taxing. This project will provide biblically based engaging, edifying, encouraging, and equipping ministries the necessary skills to enable those who are in ‘Direct-Care’ positions to develop ‘self-care’ practices to address these issues. This thesis will investigate the causes and effects that impact those in ‘direct-care’ ministry to experience disillusionment, discouragement, depression, despair, defeat, and/or departure from ministry. In addition, the thesis will identify the ‘self-care’ practices that those in ‘direct-care’ ministries and their families can employ to remain successful in their ministries. This thesis will be developed using existing research on the causes and effects, the steps to avoid ministry failure, online surveys with those in ‘direct-care’ ministry and non-recorded interviews with professionals, and related sources and current data.