Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Paul Jacobs


Jesus, Unhealthy, Church, Leadership, Marriage, Divorce


Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


The purpose of this project is to bring healing and direction to a particular area of the Christian church that is destroying marriages and greatly emotionally damaging children and families. This specific research will look at both the divorce rate in the secular community and the divorce rate in the Christian church, thus comparing and contrasting the two. While at the same time, showing how unhealthy leadership in the Christian church continues this damage. Furthermore, this research will also illustrate which gender is most likely filing for the divorces here in the 21st century and answer the questions why, where, and how? At the same token, this thesis project will analyze the effects Christian divorces have on the children involved from a spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional perspective. In addition, to answering the questions why, where, and how? This thesis project will impact the Christian church at-large in a way that will encourage Christian churches to look at qualified authentic pastoral leadership that will actually deal with the divorce rate in their churches, as opposed to simply facilitating outcome-driven preachers who only care about the numeric size of the church instead of caring about actually saving biblical marriages and traditional families.