Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Bryan Ray


Chaplaincy, WSSU, servant leadership, ministry presence, CPE, theological diversity


Christianity | Religion


Students living in an academic environment need a consistent spiritual presence to enhance the overall academic experience. Spiritual advice should be available in times of crisis and a chaplain could be the spiritual leader to fill that void. . Chaplain leadership should parallel secular academy professionals and religious professionals to fortify spiritual and community awareness on the campus of Winston Salem State University. On a broader scale, the absence of spiritual leadership is a vital component of this problem. Chaplain leaders must answer the call outside the boundaries of religious comfort zones and address the absence of spiritual leadership crippling young adults at academic institutions. The responsibility for the man of God to make disciples for Christ begins with being a disciple for Christ. Chaplain leaders are a major component of campus ministry presence. The purpose of this DMIN research thesis is to establish if there is consistent chaplain leadership for ministry on the campus of Winston-Salem State University that could create a positive spiritual climate throughout its campus and the surrounding community. The project included 10 project participants with an overview from one Clinical Pastoral Educator accompanied by 3 local clergy members to synthesize the effort and develop a clear understanding of the type of ministry presence needed on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. Data collection from the interviews and subsequent analysis through coding resulted in multiple themes which included leadership, ministry presence, community, and chaplain duty. The transferability of local experiences on ministry partnership with the local community are topics that deserve more in-depth study are discussed.

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