Wespath's focus on improving denominational health reflects the Wesleyan belief that good health is a congregational endeavor. Healthy churches and congregations foster healthy clergy and church leaders—and vice versa. Congregational resources can enable parishioners to successfully carry out vital mission and ministry, while creating a healthy environment for work and worship.
Consider using the following resources for help creating a healthy work and worship environment for pastors and parishioners alike. A congregation plays a key role in encouraging clergy and lay leaders to take time for self-care.
Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committees
The Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committee (P/SPRC) is in a unique position to support the health and well-being of their pastor/s, and thereby also support the mission and ministry of the congregation. The following resource provides practical suggestions and a process for constructive dialogue.
Resources for parish nurses, health advocates and others interested in creating health ministry in local churches.
- 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
Other Congregational Support
- Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Wesley Theological Seminary - The Lewis Center provides trusted congregational and pastoral leadership resources, some of which relate to clergy health and well-being
Let Us Know
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Thank you for your feedback and continued support of denomination-wide clergy and lay worker health.