Faithful and Fractured: Responding to the Clergy Health Crisis
:Clergy suffer from certain health issues at a rate higher than the general population. Why are pastors in such poor health? And what can be done to help them step into the abundant life God desires for them? Although...
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:Clergy suffer from certain health issues at a rate higher than the general population. Why are pastors in such poor health? And what can be done to help them step into the abundant life God desires for them?
Although anecdotal observations about poor clergy health abound, concrete data from multiple sources supporting this claim hasn't been made accessible--until now. Duke's Clergy Health Initiative (CHI), a major, decade-long research project, provides a true picture of the clergy health crisis over time and demonstrates that improving the health of pastors is possible. Bringing together the best in social science and medical research, this book quantifies the poor health of clergy with theological engagement. Although the study focused on United Methodist ministers, the authors interpret CHI's groundbreaking data for a broad ecumenical readership. In addition to physical health, the book examines mental health and spiritual well-being, and suggests that increasing positive mental health may prevent future physical and mental health problems for clergy. Concrete suggestions tailored to clergy are woven throughout the book.
Jason Byassee received his PhD in theology from Duke University and is currently Assistant Editor at The Christian Century, where he has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism. He is author of two forthcoming volumes: Praise Seeking Understanding (Eerdmans) and An Introduction to the Desert Fathers (Cascade Books). He has been invited to teach courses on Augustine to undergraduates, seminarians, and graduate students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, and Wheaton College.
Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell (PhD, Arizona State University) is associate research professor of global health at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Duke Center for Health Inequalities and Research in Durham, North Carolina. Her research focuses on the joint treatment of mental and physical health. She is coprincipal investigator of the Duke Clergy Health Initiative, which seeks to understand and improve the health of United Methodist Church clergy in North Carolina and designs interventions for clergy, including a two-year holistic health program called Spirited Life.
- :<b>contents<br></b>preface: The Birth Of The Duke Clergy Health Initiative<br>1. Creatures Doing The Creator's Work<br>2. When Work Is Holy: Highs And Lows Of Ministry Work<br>3. Slowed Down And Overwhelmed: Clergy And Depressive Symptoms<br>4. A Practical Guide To Combating Stress Symptoms<br>5. The Pastor's Paradox: Clergy Health And Disease<br>6. Feeling Alive: The Role Of Positive Emotions<br>7. Clergy Flourishing: In Their Own Words<br>8. The Lord Bless You And Keep You<br>appendix: Recommendations For Clergy Health Programs