The relationship between selected disciplines of physical wellness and spiritual wellness among Southern Baptist pastors

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Title: The relationship between selected disciplines of physical wellness and spiritual wellness among Southern Baptist pastors
Author: Fisher, James Francis, Jr.
Advisor: Pettegrew, Hal Kenton
Abstract: This study examines the relationship between selected disciplines of physical wellness and spiritual wellness among Southern Baptist pastors in the state of Indiana. Three research questions guided the study, examining the self-reported levels of physical and spiritual disciplines of the pastors and the relationship between those disciplines.

The researcher surveyed 420 Southern Baptist senior pastors of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. The "Christian Wellness Profile" and the "Spiritual Wellness Survey," created by the researcher, were sent by postal mail to the pastors, along with a postage-paid reply envelope. The former survey addresses selected disciplines of physical wellness, while the latter addresses selected disciplines of spiritual wellness.

The data has been displayed and discussed in an objective manner, through the use of various tables and narrative. Correlation statistics were used to compile the data in evaluating a relationship between selected disciplines of physical wellness and spiritual wellness.

The researcher found a relationship between the inward disciplines and the physical wellness disciplines of nutrition, substance use, and coping/stress. The researcher found a relationship between the outward disciplines and the physical wellness disciplines of exercise, nutrition, and coping/stress. The researcher found a relationship between the corporate disciplines and the physical wellness disciplines of substance use and coping/stress.

Key words. Disciplines, nutrition, physical activity, physical wellness, spiritual disciplines, spiritual wellness, stress, vocational ministry

Description: This item is only available to students and faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you are not associated with SBTS, this dissertation may be purchased from http://disexpress.umi.com/dxweb or downloaded through ProQuest's Dissertation and Theses database if your institution subscribes to that service.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/421
Date: 2006-12-15

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