Press Release: Center for Health to Conduct Annual Clergy Health Research Survey

For Immediate Release
January 28, 2013

Contact: M. Colette Nies, Managing Director, Communications
(847) 866-4296 or cnies@gbophb.org

Glenview, IL—The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits’ Center for Health will conduct its annual online clergy health survey in February 2013. The survey continues to provide comparative data for the Center’s clergy health research.

Survey Objective
A sample of 5,000 clergy (representing a cross-section of active United Methodist clergy by jurisdiction, gender, race/ethnicity and clergy type) will receive a brief online survey. The survey is designed to help identify clergy health needs, including the effects of vocational situations within the Church environment, and to monitor changes in clergy health over time.

The resulting data will help the denomination learn more about its clergy health and well-being. Information will also be used to monitor trends and needs as well as to develop programs and services to assist United Methodist clergy in leading healthier lives—for themselves, their families, their congregations and communities. The Center for Health will publish survey findings upon completion and use them to provide services to better address clergy health needs.

Survey Design
The survey was designed in collaboration with Virginia Conference Wellness Ministries, Ltd. (VCWM), Duke Clergy Health Initiative (CHI), and the Duke Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health. The Center for Health is also receiving financial support from VCWM and Duke CHI. Versta Research has been retained to conduct the survey, which consists of 100 questions covering multiple dimensions of health (physical, emotional, social and spiritual) and the vocational setting.

For more information, visit www.wespath.org/center-for-health/. Clergy health studies, articles and other resources are available at this Center for Health site, with new and updated health and wellness content.

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About the General Board

The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) is a not-for-profit administrative agency of The United Methodist Church, responsible for the general supervision and administration of the retirement, health and welfare benefit plans, programs and funds for more than 91,000 clergy and lay employees of the Church.

GBPHB is the largest faith-based pension fund in the United States and ranks among the top 100 pension funds in the country. As a responsible investor, GBPHB is actively involved in shareholder advocacy, proxy voting, portfolio screening and community investing.

About the Center for Health

The Center for Health, with its dedicated team within GBPHB, seeks to improve multiple dimensions of health and well-being—physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial—of clergy and lay workers of The United Methodist Church and their families. The Center for Health's multidimensional health and wellness focus is specific to the UMC target population.

 

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