Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Charity D. Williams


Self-care, Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Sabbath, Clergy, Self-awareness


Counseling | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Self-care is both necessary and vital to the efficiency and longevity of ministry professionals, pastors, and people in general. When a person neglects their physical, emotional, and mental state, quality of life decreases. To study the importance of self-awareness and how to prevent burnouts and compassion fatigue among clergy, this thesis used the Macedonia Worship Center leadership staff as a study subject. The researcher studied various peer-reviewed articles that have evaluated the relationship between those who work in ministry and their levels of burnout and compassion fatigue alongside their perception of self-care to understand the importance of self-awareness related to self-care. The researcher explored these scholarly materials to assess the situation with the ultimate goal of offering spiritual and emotional support to the leadership and support staff of the Macedonia Worship Center. Throughout this research project, the researcher took into consideration the spiritual formation and spiritual history of all who consented to participate. The information collected was obtained through interviews and questionnaires, and this thesis includes charts to organize and present collected data. The findings revealed that Christian educators must train clergy persons and servant leaders to embrace the practice of self-awareness, Sabbath rest, and communication with the same intentionality as they train them to prepare for specific sacraments and serving others.