Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: In Christ, God became incarnate, inhabiting flesh. Jesus was human and divine, born to a human mother, and he frequently used touch in his ministry. Through their ordination, clergy imitate Christ as they shepherd their communities, offering people hope and a tangible way of connecting with each other and with God. In our western context and culture, clergy are in danger of losing their confidence in the amazing gift of touch. This project seeks to strengthen clergy hope in the solid Biblical, scientific and rational reasons for using touch with care and intentionality in their ministries.