Press Release: Wespath Benefits and Investments to Conduct Biennial Clergy Well-Being Research Survey

January 17, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

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

Glenview, IL—Wespath Benefits and Investments’ Center for Health will conduct its biennial online clergy well-being survey in February 2017. The survey continues to provide comparative data for the Center for Health’s clergy well-being research.

Survey Objective
A sample of 4,000 clergy (representing a cross-section of active U.S. United Methodist clergy by jurisdiction, age, gender, race/ethnicity and clergy type) will receive a brief online survey. The survey is designed to help identify clergy well-being needs, including the effects of vocational situations within the Church environment, and to monitor changes in clergy well-being 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.

Survey Design
The survey was developed in collaboration with Virginia Conference Wellness Ministries, Ltd. (VCWM), Duke Clergy Health Initiative (CHI), and Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health. VCWM and Duke CHI are helping fund the survey, and Versta Research will conduct it on our behalf. The 20-minute survey consists of 100 questions covering multiple dimensions of well-being (physical, emotional, social, spiritual and financial) and the vocational setting.

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


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About Wespath Benefits and Investments
Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) is a not-for-profit administrative agency of The United Methodist Church, with Church-authorized fiduciary responsibility for the benefit plans it administers and the assets it invests.

Prudent investment management decisions are an ongoing, long-term priority, supporting benefit plans for over 100,000 participants and approximately $21 billion in assets managed on their behalf, and for many United Methodist-affiliated endowments, foundations and other institutions. This fiduciary obligation reflects the stated values of the Church and helps ensure financial, environmental and social sustainability across all investments.

Wespath is the largest reporting faith-based pension fund in the world and among the top 100 pension funds in the United States. As a sustainable investor, Wespath is committed to active ownership through corporate and public policy engagement, proxy voting and the management of excessive sustainability risk. Through its Positive Social Purpose Lending program, Wespath invests in affordable housing, community development and expanded loan opportunities for disadvantaged communities worldwide.

About the Center for Health
The Center for Health, with its dedicated team within Wespath, seeks to improve multiple dimensions of 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 focus is specific to the UMC target population.

 

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