Date of Award
Doctor of Management (DMgt)
Larry M. Starr, PhD
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.
Andrews, Valerie, "Designing a Program to Help Urban Pastors Cope With Compassion Stress" (2021). Theses & Dissertations. 20.