2021 Clergy Well-Being Survey
Past Decade Shows Decline in Well-Being for UM Clergy
Since the 2012 survey, there has been a steady decline across almost all dimensions of well-being of UM clergy.
The 2021 survey continues this negative trend with an even steeper decline compared to 2019, showing the dramatic impact COVID-19, social/racial injustice and the ongoing uncertainty within the UMC has had on clergy well-being.
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.
Video: 2019 Clergy Well-Being Survey Results
The 2019 Clergy Well-Being Survey Infographic is also available.
Previous Clergy Well-Being Survey Results
Seminary Student Well-Being Survey
Church Systems Task Force Research and Findings
External Denominational/Clergy Well-Being Studies
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
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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