Abstract

At its core, pastoral burnout is a spiritual malady and only a spiritual solution will cure. By attaining a clear understanding of acedia, the spiritual condition first introduced by fourth century monk Evagrius Ponticus, pastors will gain an awareness of their condition, find relief from its symptoms, find meaning in their vocation, and joy for life-long ministry. This work will explore the manifestations of and antidotes to acedia in both the original fourth century desert monastic context and its application to modern ministry.

Degree Date

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

D.Min.

Department

Perkins School of Theology

Advisor

James Kang Hoon Lee

Second Advisor

Alyce McKenzie

Subject Area

Religion, Theology/Religious Education

Notes

acedia, Evagrius ponticus, Evagrius of Pontus, pastoral burnout, despondency, boredom, evagrian, antirrhesis, perseverance, mania, depression, burnout, vocation, calling, spiritual warfare, prayer, ministry, pastor, antidote, spiritual burnout, sloth, spiritual malady, monk, desert father, akedeia, akedia, nitria, kellia, egypt, prayer, despondency, praktikos, antirrhetikos, abba Moses,

Number of Pages

110

Format

.pdf

Creative Commons License

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