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Background: Health is precious to all humanity, but crisis has a tendency to destabilize the norm. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly caused a sense of uneasiness, not just among the common people but also among the clergy. Pastors are expected to disciple members through displaying authentic leadership, unending compassion, inspiring messages, anointed prayers, and wonderful words of encouragement irrespective of the circumstances.

Methods: Using a qualitative approach, this study purposes to find out the pastors’ health consequences that may arise from discipling their congregations during the pandemic period, and probable strategies to help them thrive and be fruitful in ministry. Eight participants were interviewed and thematic data analysis was done. Nine themes emerged namely: challenging discipleship; dynamic discipleship; universal discipleship; slow and poor nurturing; physical health, emotional health; collaboration; recreation; and innovativeness.

Result: The study results will provide a framework for intervention programs that may contribute to the sustainable revitalization of pastors and consequently foster their overall health and wellbeing.

Conclusion: The study concluded that discipling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic was perceived as challenging and demanding because the pastors were not conversant nor prepared for the paradigm shift from traditional face-to-face to online methods of ministry.


Discipleship Mental Health Crisis Pastors Qualitative Kenya

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Odhiambo, J. (2022). Discipleship Amidst Crisis and Health Implications: A Case Study among Pastors in Kenya. Pan-African Journal of Health and Environmental Science, 1(1). Retrieved from


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