Clergy Well-Being Research
Wespath-sponsored Clergy Well-Being Studies
Wespath 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 Wespath-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
• 2017 Report of Findings
• 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
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: Job Satisfaction; Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership; August 2009
• 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; Wespath 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, 2018
• 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
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