Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Clay Anthony


Bible, Emotional Intelligence, Clinical Pastoral Education


Education | Higher Education


This study addressed the education of biblical emotional intelligence among chaplains and pastors in promoting self-care in ministry. A literature review revealed that research projects had not fully explored the relationship between biblical emotional intelligence and clinical pastoral education. This project explored biblical emotional intelligence as a teaching method that bridges the gap between pastors' clinical pastoral education and healthy emotional well-being. Emotional intelligence is a field that is associated with success in business and ministry. Pastors and chaplains are not addressing the lack of biblical emotional intelligence in their training and how it can affect ministry. This study aimed to determine biblical emotional intelligence's existence between chaplains' and pastors' emotional intelligence and clinical pastoral education. The research methods addressed in this paper covers scholarly articles, dissertations, and biblical scriptures that support BEI as a means of becoming emotionally healthy. Research by specialists in emotional intelligence and psychology took surveys by pastors and students to determine if BEI and EI were helpful in education and ministry. Applying knowledge from the surveys, a study for chaplains and pastors entering chaplaincy ministry aims to enhance the CPE training curriculum. The outcome of this thesis project could influence future trainees in the process of learning and controlling emotions. Learning how to become aware of BEI should help chaplains and pastors become healthy emotionally in ministry. This study provides empirical evidence that pastors and chaplains who do not have biblical emotional intelligence could have a weak and unhealthy BEI in the church and personal life.