Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)



First Advisor

Dr. Lead Payne


This dissertation outlines the thoughts of Puritan pastor Richard Baxter regarding the spiritual lives of clergy and applies his thoughts to those in ministry today. Though Baxter lived some 400 years ago, his passion for the spiritual formation of pastors and concern that their lives preach the same message they delivered from the pulpit is relevant to pastors in any age, not least in our own. Section 1 describes broadly the state of those in ministry today. Section 2 describes the often “business-like” approach many take to ministry and its shortcomings. Section 3 traces some of the themes of Baxter’s life we later see in his teaching to pastors and the teaching itself, along with the personal impact Baxter has had on my own spiritual formation. Sections 4 and 5 outline the specifications of a non-fiction book that uses the words of Baxter in a devotional designed to be read by pastors and other ministry leaders. The Artifact itself is the non- fiction book manuscript described in Sections 4 and 5.

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