Doctor of Ministry

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Friesen-Smith, Katie

Second Reader

Joshua Carroll


This thesis paper discussed the ways to understand the relationship between mental health and spiritual warfare for people who are providing pastoral care ministry. It analyzes three biblical characters who may have appeared to have suffered from mental health symptoms and explores the latest literature on spiritual warfare and its connection to mental health. The literature explored various thoughts from a psychological perspective of those in pastoral care roles. The methodology was qualitative, grounded theory and case study, including interviewing counselors/therapists, pastoral care pastors, and practitioners in spiritual warfare. According to the findings effective pastoral ministry includes, psychological training, increased spiritual discernment in making referrals to mental health providers when needed, and the importance of experiencing inner healing. Themes included the recognition of spiritual warfare and the spiritual realm, integration of theological and psychological framework, and collaboration of participants for holistic ministry.

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

Document Type

Doctoral thesis