The Duke Clergy Health Initiative is a ten-year program to assess and improve the health and well-being of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina.
Through our multi-year wellness intervention and behavioral health study—Spirited Life—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.
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.
Pastor & Parish
Combining videos, workbook content, guided discussion, and complementary readings, Pastor & Parish is a six-session series for United Methodist staff-parish relations committees that ties the committee's responsibilities back to their spiritual beginnings.
Planning a new initiative? Take advantage of our data and experience. We have consulted and collaborated with various organizations on a number of projects, and our expert staff is available to help you develop a program that ensures your idea will meet the needs of clergy.
More than 1,100 United Methodist clergy in North Carolina participated in Spirited Life, a multi-year wellness program and behavioral health study.
The Duke Clergy Health Initiative
Learn how and why the Clergy Health Initiative was developed by The Duke Endowment and Duke Divinity School.