Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Chaplain, Military, Mentorship
Bernard, Justin Phillip, "Biblically Based Mentorship for Military Chaplains Endorsed by Liberty Baptist Fellowship" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3056.
Mentorship in the military context is well known and accepted but seems to be harder to find for military chaplains, as their professional training continuum does not always lend itself toward the spiritual leadership that is needed and desired to succeed in this institutional ministry. This thesis project will focus on the topic of mentorship in the context of military chaplains who are endorsed by Liberty Baptist Fellowship. The goal of the research is to study mentorship from a biblical perspective, define the roles and methods of mentors, survey the biblical background of mentorship, understand the need for mentorship in the broader context of military chaplain ministry, and finally to determine the felt and actual needs of a formal biblically based mentorship program within the Liberty Baptist Fellowship endorsing agency. An anonymous online survey was conducted to determine the felt needs of a formal mentorship program, as well as gauge interest from endorsed chaplains and chaplain candidates as to their desire to participate in chaplain mentorship within their own endorsing agency, and finally to produce a potential framework of a biblically based mentorship program to be implemented in the future.