Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Dan L Burrell
Aging, Leader, Minister, Pastor, Student, Youth
Christian Denominations and Sects | Christianity | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Harris, Ricky, "The Aging Process and How That Affects Judgement and Choices in Youth Ministry" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1480.
This thesis will explore the correlation between developmental life stages and how these stages affect student ministers’ approaches to ministry in southern Baptist churches. The rationale for this thesis is to help student ministers realize that longevity in their vein of ministry is achievable and also to provide a guide for how they may process aging in ministry. Search committees will be able to use this information while seeking to fill this staff position, considering the needs of their congregation and students. Books and journals will be reviewed for content on developmental life stage characteristics. Student ministers will be surveyed and interviewed for ministry comparisons. The author hopes to gain a better understanding of various changing values during the aging process, and how these changes are realized in a student minister position. This will also allow the author to use that knowledge to mentor student ministers during their vocational careers.