Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Can these bones live? A pastor's prescription for resuscitating and healing a church that has been through trauma
by Barney, Melvin G., D.Min., United Theological Seminary, 2013, 317; 3574832
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitford, David
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
Publication Number: 3574832
ISBN: 978-1-303-51946-8
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