Adaptive Spiritual Meanings Made of Trauma-Related Spiritual Crises Among Urban Ministry Workers
Urban ministry workers encounter direct and indirect trauma in their work, which may propel them into a trauma-related spiritual crisis. This study examines adaptive spiritual meanings made in the spiritual adjustment related to trauma among urban ministry workers. Thirteen urban ministry workers in Los Angeles, including 6 local/similar and 7 relocated leaders, underwent interviews. By use of consensual qualitative research methods, 2 domains of themes emerged. Five core ideas arose in the Assimilative Spiritual Meanings Made domain: causal appraisal of the event, appraisal of responsibility for resolution, the framework of the discipleship and ministry, identification with Christ's suffering and Scriptures, and positive reframe of the event. Six core ideas arose in the Accommodative Spiritual Meanings Made domain: worldview expanded, opportunity for change, acceptance of suffering and the non-sensical, positive reframe, challenge build strength, and personal identification with suffering of others. The researcher connects findings to previous research and discusses implications.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)
Eriksson, Cynthia B.
City clergy, Church work, City churches, Psychic trauma, California