The context is The Greater Harvest Church, of Long Beach. California, which was traumatized because of misconduct. misappropriation. and power struggles between former pastors and lay-leaders. This study examined a system for resuscitating and healing churches that have suffered trauma. The hypothesis is that empathy, justice-mindedness, and humility, partnership with the Godhead, and koinonia, are the prescription for resuscitating and healing a church that has been traumatized. A qualitative methodology was employed utilizing surveys, interviews, and observations. Study data supports the conclusion that a demonstration of empathy, justice-mindedness, and humility is essential to healing a wounded congregation.
|Commitee:||Baston, Jackie, Cothran, Leroy, Grimes, J. Randy, Hudson, Harold, Swisher, Stephen L.|
|School:||United Theological Seminary|
|Department:||Doctor of Ministry|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Biblical studies, Pastoral Counseling, Theology|
|Keywords:||Empathy, Godhead or Holy Spirit is healer, Healing church, Humility, Justice, Koinonia, Pastor, Relationship building, Traumatized church|
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