Professional Dissertations DMin

Date of Award


Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

H. Peter Swanson

Second Advisor

David Sedlacek

Third Advisor

James J. North, Jr.


Problem and Purpose

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria, as well as those in other parts of the world, have genuine concern for their pastors’ physical and spiritual well-being. One of the fundamental teachings of the church that applies both to the pastors and the laity as well is to be temperate in all that we do. There is still concern, however, for those pastors that are not observing and keeping the laws of health to keep healthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This project explored concepts of self-care practices as they relate to pastors in Nigeria and a teaching manual was created to help the pastors to be more intentional about how to take care of themselves.


This project uses a qualitative methodology. I engaged many pastors from Nigeria, and even outside Nigeria, through phone calls, e-mails, Facebook interactions, read lots of books on the subject matter, and observed that the problem facing the pastoral profession is not an easy one.


A teaching manual was created through this project to help pastors become more thoroughly informed about the teachings of self-care.


The teaching of the concept of self-care should be part of the curriculum at our seminaries and universities to prepare pastors for the ministry. The inclusion of self-care as part of the curriculum will make it intentional for the pastors not only to learn those principles, but also to practice the principles of self-care in their individual lives.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventists--Clergy; Clergy--Health and hygiene; Clergy--Nigeria; Western Nigeria Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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