How are you? This common question is asked many, many times a day. What do we learn when it is asked of clergy? Duke’s Clergy Health Initiative studied the mental and physical health of United Methodist clergy and learned plenty. The findings come from Methodist clergy but are applicable far beyond the focus population; to clergy who are not United Methodist and indeed other congregational professionals. Written by a health researcher with helpful commentary from a parish pastor, the findings are buoyant. Not all the news is bad. Yes, clergy suffer from depression. Clergy would benefit from healthier diets. Stress is part of the daily practice of ministry. Yet, clergy report satisfaction with their work and are remarkably resilient. If you read one chapter, we direct you to chapter 6 Feeling Alive: The Role of Positive Emotions. Recommended for personnel committees, clergy peer groups, and search committees.
Curated by Tim Shapiro