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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource
Luke 22:44; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 1 Kings 16:18; 1 Samuel 31:43; 1 Samuel 31:5; 2 Samuel 31:23; Judges 16:30; Judges 9:54; Matthew 27:3-5; Matthew 5:38-40; Philippians 2:5; Proverbs 23:7; Romans 12:2
A survey was conducted of 138 pastors in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod in the Central and Southern Illinois districts in the Fall of 1991. The purpose of the survey was to determine the level of stress and burnout in the pastor's lives.
The survey revealed the following: generally pastors are very satisfied with their calling as pastors, but the findings reveal the pastor's strong proclivity to ignore his wife and family and to deny any possible warning signs of stress and burnout. The findings also uncovered that pastors are eager to have support groups but find themselves not wanting to trust their fellow clergymen.
Weise, Russell, "Burnout in the Pastoral Ministry: The Need for Clear Boundaries" (1993). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 94.
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