Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Jerry F. Knoblet


Fatherhood, Philosophy, Stewardship, Morality


Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


This thesis project is about a severe but unseen problem in the church. The single fathers in the Christian church have been quietly struggling because many do not seek help. Caretakers of this single-father ministry identify and are aware of the struggle affiliated with single fathers, summarized from personal experience in Chapter One. In Chapter Two, this research elucidates the severity of the problem related to children separated from either parent, possibly leading to behavioral concerns in school, the community, and the home. The fundamental principles of this research derives from gathering data relevant to this research to support this study in the literature review chapter. This project shows a paradigm shift in single fathers’ thinking associated with fatherhood, spiritual discipline, and moral principles in Chapters Three and Four. This research aims to equip the church with practical steps that develop a comprehensive single men’s ministry. This research does not ignore previous findings but builds upon an interactive pattern for discussion, guiding the independent roles of single fathers and the conclusion in Chapter Five. The discovery is based on the ministry’s mission, vision, philosophy, and theology while supporting the morality and struggles of single fathers and fatherhood. A single father’s stewardship and spiritual covering for his children does not diminish but grows in stature and spiritual discipline.