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 John 1:9; 1 Samuel 21:1-6; Deuteronomy 22:22; Exodus 34:21; Hebrews 12:15; Isaiah 42:3; John 8:2-11; Leviticus 20:10; Luke 15:2; Luke 8:2; Mark 2:15; Mark 3:1-6; Mark 6:34; Mark 8:2; Matthew 10:29; Matthew 12:10; Matthew 19:6; Matthew 6:12; 14; 15; Matthew 7:29; Matthew 9:11; Matthew 9:12-13


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the factors that hinder or help ministry to divorced people.

Questionnaires to divorced members and pastors, addressing attitudes and perceptions, were the chief tools. Suggestions were solicited to ascertain what promotes meaningful ministry.

Perceptions of pastors and divorced members are often different. The divorced have more intense feelings about the issues and are more lenient in their understanding of grounds for divorce than pastors. Pastors are more inclined to credit internal factors, the divorced external, for what hinders effective ministry.

Pastors need to be more understanding of the dynamics of the divorce process. There are many positive steps--before, during, and after divorce occurs--that pastors can take to remove roadblocks and build bridges.

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