Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
McGuffee, Arron David, "Enhancing the Emotional Wellbeing of Church Leadership at Trinity Baptist Church" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3231.
Effective church leaders are efficient in management of their emotional health. Research has diagnosed that most churches maintain dysfunctional learning environments because of emotionally unhealthy leadership. Dysfunctional environments are conducive to acclimatizing members to ill doctrine: methods instead of the mission, events instead of evangelism, expositors instead of exposures, and promote rituals instead of a righteous Savior. Emotionally unhealthy church leaders’ practice and promote democratic efforts instead of theocratic. Assessment instrumentation was utilized. The assessment implemented two credible tools, one for emotional maturity and the other for discipleship. Research invitations were distributed to twenty church leaders at Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The assessment was provided before and after the seven-week training on Emotionally Healthy Discipleship. Seven church leaders participated in the assessment, eight leaders volunteered for the questionnaire, and three leaders participated in the interviews. Findings displayed a significant difference between emotional maturity and four of seven Emotional Healthy Discipleship Marks: (a) Be Before You Do, (b) Follow the Crucified, Not the Americanized, Jesus, (c) Make Love the Measure of Maturity, and (d) Lead Out of Weakness and Vulnerability.