Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Mark Rockenbach

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 22:39; Genesis 1:31a; Genesis 2:1; Mark 2:27; Mark 6:31–32; Genesis 2:15; Proverbs 39:14; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; Exodus 33:11; Exodus 18:17–18; Acts 3: 15; 1 Corinthians 16: 17; Colossians 4:11; 2 Timothy 4: 11


Muehler, Carl B. “Overcoming Barriers: Helping Navy Chaplains Understand the Need and Implementation of Self-care.” Doctor of Ministry. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary, 2019. 115 pp.

The Navy Chaplain serves with Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard personnel throughout the world and often in challenging environments including at sea and combat operations. The Navy Chaplain is unique because the chaplain has complete confidentiality and may be the only caregiver with a deployed unit, which can take its toll on the chaplain. Self-care is critical for the chaplain on a personal level and to maintain effectiveness in the support to the personnel in the unit. This project examines the elements of healthy self-care and the motivation to implement self-care from a theological and evidence-based perspective, including interviews with active duty Navy Chaplains. This research and project will result in training materials to help chaplains implement consistent self-care.

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