Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the benefits of a participative pastoral role in a physical health promotion program among rural congregants
by Anderson, Dorothy A., D.Min., United Theological Seminary, 2012, 170; 3533523
Abstract (Summary)

This action research study explored the benefits of direct pastoral participation in a physical health promotion program for congregants in a rural setting. The researcher developed a health promotion program entitled Small Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle, which included a covenant agreement, didactic teaching, healthy food sampling, resource information, and group exercise. Pre- and post-program questionnaires documented congregants' views of the participative role of the pastor in health promotion. One hundred percent of participants strongly agreed that direct pastoral participation in group exercise sessions was very encouraging. The researcher's reflections addressing the experience encompass implications for future pastoral commitments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stevenson, Jerome, Eubank, Gary
School: United Theological Seminary
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Pastoral Counseling, Theology
Keywords: Congregant health, Health promotion, Pastor, Physical health, Rural congregations, Spirituality of health, Stewardship of the body
Publication Number: 3533523
ISBN: 978-1-267-77673-0
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