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Date of Award


Document Type

Applied Research Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)




Retention in the military is an issue that impacts recruiting. The Air Force projects each new chaplain will serve on average fifteen years.1 Many will serve twenty years and retire from the Air Force, but some chaplains serve less. Clergy burnout is a known problem that also impacts military chaplains and Air Force retention.2 This project creates six sessions for ten Air Force chaplains who entered the service within the past two years. The lessons explore topics such as calling, vocation, pluralism, prophetic voice, compassion fatigue, and isolation. The director of this project aims to better understand the needs of a new military chaplain. This project looks at the stressors caused by serving two masters: church and state, with hopes of finding help through mentorship for the military clergy who follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before them.