The Duke Clergy Health Initiative is a $12 million, seven-year program intended to improve the health and well-being of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina.
The Clergy Health Initiative's research is the first to examine how to tailor health interventions to clergy. We now know that programs to improve clergy health will succeed only if they address the multiple conditions that contribute to health, especially conditions created by congregations and denominational polities.
This information formed the basis for our pilot program, and for Spirited Life, the Clergy Health Initiative’s wellness program and behavioral health study.
Claire Wimbush: Broken People Walking Toward Wholeness
Claire Wimbush, a Duke Divinity School graduate born with spastic cerebral palsy, reflects on how the wounded body of Jesus reveals a wholeness that doesn't depend on physical perfection.
Clergy Health Initiative Offers Curriculum for Congregations
Pastor & Parish strengthens relations between United Methodist clergy and their congregations, promoting the well-being of pastors.
Clergy More Likely to Suffer from Depression, Anxiety
Demands placed on clergy put pastors at greater risk for depression, Duke Divinity study finds.
Cultivate Space for God's Spirit
The 2013 Convocation & Pastors' School will explore ways Christian communities are breathing new life into the church. Register today.
Clergy Health Initiative Launches Monthly Newsletter
Sign up online to get program news and theologically-framed resources on holistic health and well-being sent straight to your inbox.
Divine Intervention: Helping Clergy Help Themselves
WUNC reports on the Clergy Health Initiative's efforts to convince clergy that it's okay to care for themselves.
The Duke Endowment Gives $5.74 Million for Clergy Health
The gift extends initial $12 million investment.
Weight Loss is Ministry's Gain
From Faith & Leadership: Pastor Eldrick Davis lost more than 100 pounds with the support of his congregation and a Duke program to help pastors improve their health.
Pastors Learn to Heal Themselves
Facing evidence of significant rates of ill health among clergy, some churches are taking steps to encourage pastors to care for themselves.