Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Joseph Barbour

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 1:17ff.; 1 Corinthians 15:17; 1 John 3:8; 1 Kings 19:3-8; 1 Samuel 16:15-19, 23; 1 Samuel 18:10-11; 1 Samuel 19:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:15; Colossians 2:8; Daniel 4:31-34; Deuteronomy 28:15; Deuteronomy 28:28; Ephesians 6:11-12; Exodus 8:32; Exodus 9:12; Job 10:13-17; Job 16:10-11; Job 16:15-17; Job 17:13-16; Job 3:20-21; Mark 1:32, 34; Matthew 8:16; Romans 1:28


Persons with serious mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar, unipolar depression) have often been seen as "strangers in our midst". Because state hospitals are relocating these patients into our communities (even though the community mental health resources may not be there) and because of stigma, persons with mental illness are coming in from the "cold" to our churches. Pastors and staff need assistance in ministering to this needy population. This project attempts to define mental illness, identify persons with mental illness, and demonstrate models of ministry. Specific guidelines, helpful suggestions, and supporting evidence(appendices) will address ministry issues and concerns as they pertain to the person with mental illness, his family, the congregation and the pastor himself.

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