Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion
Perry, William, "Blended Families in Conflict: Essentials a Pastor Must Know" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 784.
The rise of blended families is becoming a prevalent dynamic in our society. According to the United States Census Bureau: American Community Survey, 2009 report, the U.S. is approaching a fifty percent divorce rate. Fifty percent will remarry within three and half years of their divorce. Of these, sixty-five percent will have children from their previous marriage. The church needs to learn to effectively minister to this ever-growing population of blended families. The purpose of this thesis project is to review the issues facing the pastor in ministering to blended families. This study will be completed through research, surveys with blended family members and interviews with the pastors ministering to these families. This thesis project will provide information on the role of the parents; the birth order; co-parenting and the dynamics within the blended family. The information within this project will assist the pastor in counseling and ministering more effectively to such a large population.