Rawlings School of Divinity


Master of Divinity (MDiv)


Harold Bryant


Military, Chaplain, Resilience, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator


Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Military Chaplains are at an increased risk for professional burnout and there is a need to improve the training that is provided to prepare them for occupational burnout and compassion fatigue. This study analyzes the effect that the chaplain’s knowledge of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has on his or her ministry resiliency. The purpose of this study is to discover if there is a correlation between the military chaplain’s level of resilience and his or her knowledge of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Literature on, compassion fatigue, ministry burnout, military chaplaincy, chaplaincy resiliency, personality testing, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are analyzed. A textual review is used to discover the link between professional resilience and personality testing, specifically military chaplain resilience and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. A survey was developed to determine the correlation between chaplain resilience and the MBTI. It was administered to active and reserve duty military chaplains in the Liberty Baptist Fellowship to determine the effect that their knowledge of the MBTI has on ministry resilience. The initial results, including outliers, show a positive correlation (n=23, r=0.165) between chaplain resilience and the MBTI. Once all outliers were recognized by using a scatter plot and removed, there was a statistically significant positive correlation (n=18, r=0.686) between chaplain resilience and the MBTI. The results show that there is potential for further research into personality type and professional resilience.