The Duke Clergy Health Initiative is a program to assess and improve the health and well-being of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina.
Through wellness interventions and behavioral health studies, and other programs and resources, the Clergy Health Initiative underscores the theological reasons for caring for oneself and offers strategies to help pastors develop holistic health practices.
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Building on the effectivesness of Spirited Life TM, but now paying specific attention to stress, anxiety, and positive mental health, the Duke Clergy Health Initiative will launch Spirited Life: Selah in January 2020.
What We're Learning
The Clergy Health Initiative has been collecting data in many forms—including a longitudinal survey, focus groups, interviews, and biometric data—from United Methodist clergy in North Carolina since 2008. We are currently researching the practices of pastors whose mental and physical health is flourishing to identify strategies that can be applied by other clergy.