Author(s)

Jim TunnellFollow

Date

7-2020

Department

Rawlings School of Divinity

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Donald Hicks

Keywords

Pastor, Burnout, Recovery, Leadership

Disciplines

Christianity | Religion

Abstract

With the excessive demands in pastoral ministry, the spectrum of ministry workload has become a stressful occupational peril that could trigger pastors to give in and ultimately abandon ministry altogether. Before and after secession, clergy, particularly pastors, experience a wide variety of maladies, including but not limited to physical and psychological distress, that may lead to intensive outcomes. As the number of resignations continues to rise, there is an emergent interest among leaders, particularly in the denominational sector, to determine the interposing contributing factors and to develop appropriate resources to be of assistance when pastoral burnout is recognizable. With the help of scholarly resources and biblical examples as well as interviews and surveys of pastors and denominational leaders, this thesis will endeavor to uncover an effective method for preventing burnout and recovering from it.

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