Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Revitalization and its application to the context of Hispanic ministers in Los Angeles, California
by Rivera, Alvaro Maximiliano, D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2009, 271; 3481553
Abstract (Summary)

Many Christian leaders leave ministry every year. Among their reasons are low income, personal impropriety, and stagnation. The third condition mentioned has been described as when a person becomes stuck, dull, and unproductive, finding the work of ministry a burden rather than the joy it once was. Stress and burnout are frequently associated with stagnation. Ministerial stress has various sources, but a lack of personal healthy boundaries is largely to blame. Delimitations are needed to maintain a balanced life. Clear priorities must be established, allowing adequate time to be spiritually refreshed on a daily basis. Healthy relationships and reduction of conflict must be promoted. The stressors common to all ministry are amplified for Hispanic ministers in the United States due to the other issues they face, such as immigration, cultural adaptation, language acquisition, diversity within the Hispanic-American culture itself, and low economic status.

This project contends that Hispanic Christian leaders can overcome stagnation and reach a state of revitalization, so they can continue to fulfill their call to ministry. The three main components for renewing ministers are: (1) learning related competencies of Emotional Intelligence (EI), such as assertiveness, boundary-setting, and conflict resolution; (2) practicing classic spiritual disciplines; and (3) encouraging local churches to take initiative in assuring the ministerial welfare of their constituents. A “Seminar on Revitalization” was presented to two groups of Hispanic Christian pastors and leaders, one at the Southern Pacific Latin American District of the Assemblies of God and the other at a Bible School of the Assemblies of God in Mexico. The participants offered positive, encouraging feedback, pleading that the seminar continue to be presented for the revitalization of the participants' fellow leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Castleberry, Joseph
Commitee: Cotton, Roger, Lim, Stephen, Olena, Lois E., Taylor, Cheryl A.
School: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Department: Doctor of Ministry Department
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Educational leadership, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Hispanic Americans, Leadership, Los Angeles, Ministers, Revitalization
Publication Number: 3481553
ISBN: 978-1-267-00863-3
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