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

James J. North, Jr.

Second Advisor

Robert M. Johnston

Third Advisor

Alfonso Valenzuela



Many Seventh-day Adventist church pastors in Singapore are not trained in grief ministry. This results in some pastors who are insensitive to the grieving. Consequently, theirs and many church members' grief has been unresolved. This study was undertaken to develop a holistic pastoral perspective regarding grief and to compose a training program in grief ministry that will help pastors understand their own grief dynamics and that of their parishioners.


This project attempts to present the principles of grief ministry through the following dimensions: (1) Singapore's need of grief ministry in the midst of socioeconomic development; (2) the study of the images of God in the theology of creation, death, and resurrection as they relate to grief according to the Bible; (3) the introduction of some training principles of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and other practical resources for pastors in grief ministry; and (4) helping pastors define their roles in personal and corporate grief recovery through reflection and participation in a spiritual retreat.


The principles in this research will help pastors become more effective and caring in grief ministry.

Subject Area

Grief therapy; Pastoral counseling

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