The Clergy Health Initiative, funded by The Duke Endowment, is a collaborative initiative between the Duke Divinity School and the Duke Global Health Institute, giving it a strong theological underpinning and the excellence of Duke’s research environment. We collect data, and design and test intervention programs for UMC North Carolina clergy to improve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

The SEM Study is part of the Duke Clergy Health Initiative and is the first major longitudinal study examining divinity school education. Our aim is ambitious: to paint the most comprehensive picture of how divinity school students are formed throughout their training and into the early stages of their careers. Through this, we hope to spark informed conversations about divinity school education and to shape the future of ministry.

We are available for conversations, presentations, and collaborative work around clergy health and well-being. Please contact to learn more.

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