For the last decade, the Duke Clergy Health Initiative has assessed and worked to improve the health and well-being of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. We know that clergy face challenges to their physical health, such as obesity and high blood pressure. We also know that clergy experience mental illness in the forms of depression, anxiety, and burnout.
But a discussion of health isn't complete if we're only looking at disease—we also need to explore what it means to be well, both physically and mentally. This report highlights a recent study on positive mental health and includes practical tips from clergy who are flourishing in both their ministry and their lives.