Rawlings School of Divinity


Master of Divinity (MDiv)


Harold Dean Bryant


It may seem that chaplains are often put into a hard work as a care giver. The purpose of this study is to explore the importance of resiliency in facing depression and spiritual exhaustion in the life of the chaplain. Lack of resilience in the chaplaincy ministry can jeopardize not only the ministry, but also cause a mood disorder that appears as transient depression and unhappiness. Resilience is important in the chaplain’s ministerial life because it will determine the way chaplains recovers from suffering, trials, and burnouts that can affected their ministry. Based on research, resilience is viewed as a helpful response for chaplains who are facing traumatic events in their life. Resilience is the quality of being able to adapt to stressful changes in life and “recover” from difficulties. Showing resistance (endurance) does not mean that a person is not affected or does not worry about the change of life. Resilience is the ability to build physical and spiritual endurance in ministry. The book of Hebrews states, “For you need endurance, as that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised” (10:36 HCSB).