Clergy Well-Being Research

Center for Health-sponsored Clergy Well-Being Studies

The Center for Health provides trusted research and information about health trends in the UMC and across the United States that are applicable to clergy health concerns. The resources below include Center for Health-sponsored clergy health studies, denominational/clergy health studies from expert external sources and health and wellness-industry information related to clergy health.

Clergy Well-Being Survey

2015 Report of Findings
2013 Report of Findings
2012 Report of Findings

Seminary Student Well-Being Survey

Claremont School of Theology—Results from 2013 Annual Seminary Student Health Survey
Drew Theological School—Results from 2013 Annual Seminary Student Health Survey
Duke Divinity School—Results from 2013 Seminary Student Health Survey

Church Systems Task Force Research and Findings

Church Systems Task Force Report and Appendix; Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM); 2011
Occupational Stressors Comparison; Center for Health; September 2009

External Denominational/Clergy Well-Being Studies

Church Benefits Association (Group of Multiple Denominations)

The Church Benefits Association Survey: Clergy Job Stress, Health and Pharmaceutical Medication Utilization; Summary Report Addendum, April 2009
The Church Benefits Association Survey: Health, Well-Being, Spirituality and Job Characteristics—Final Report, United Methodist Church; July 2007

Duke University Clergy Well-Being Research

2014 Statewide Survey of United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina, Summary Report; Duke Clergy Health Initiative; September 2015
Literature Review: Characteristics of Toxic Churches; Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health; September 2009
Literature Review: Job Satisfaction; Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership; August 2009
Clergy Well-Being in The United Methodist Church: Twelve Findings from Surveys Across the Connection; Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and the Duke University Medical Center; June 2011
High Rates of Obesity and Chronic Disease Among United Methodist Clergy; Duke Clergy Health Initiative
A Theoretical Model of the Holistic Health of United Methodist Clergy; Duke Clergy Health Initiative.

Other Clergy Health Research

Clergy Spouses and Families in The United Methodist Church 2009 Part II: Local Church Expectations and What Clergy Spouses Most Want the UMC to Know; The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
Virginia Conference Wellness Survey, Executive Summary; Virginia Conference Wellness Ministries, Ltd.
Clergy Health: A Review of Literature; Center for Health and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership; January 2009
Clergy Age Trends in the United Methodist Church; Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary; September, 2016
Cracking the Stained Glass Ceiling: The Lead Women Pastors Project; General Board of Ministry and Higher Education, 2010
Lead Women Pastors Project Survey Data Summary; General Board of Ministry and Higher Education, 2010

Some of these studies are property of the Center for Health (CFH) and are intended as resources to those working to improve clergy health and well-being. Before quoting these documents in other published materials, please contact the CFH at umc-centerforhealthinfo@wespath.org and provide us information about what content, where and when the material will be cited with appropriate attribution.

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