Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Management (DMgt)

First Advisor

Larry M. Starr, PhD

Second Advisor

Tom Guggino

Third Advisor

Rev. Marsha Brown-Woodard, DMin


Clergy are in a unique position as emotional and spiritual first responders to individuals and families during times of crisis including the current global pandemic due to COVID-19. While the most rewarding part of ministry is helping people by offering spiritual direction, these services can also be the very things that threaten and inflict harm on their personal, physical and spiritual lives (Ferguson, 2007). The purpose of this dissertation is to help clergy effectively cope with and manage the stressors of ministry that can lead to compassion stress, fatigue or vicarious trauma and other distress responses. To this end, I describe the process of designing and developing an organized intervention program for the Missio Seminary in Philadelphia.


A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment for the degree of Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership