Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
James J. North, Jr.
Robert M. Johnston
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.
Grief therapy; Pastoral counseling
Sim, Chor Kiat, "A Training Program for Grief Ministry for Singapore Seventh-day Adventist Pastors" (1996). Professional Dissertations DMin. 688.
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