The Status and Role of Women

Resources for clergy families and those who care for them

 The Pridmore family prepares for church at their parsonage in Rolling Fork, Miss., where the Revs. Eric and Lisa Pridmore pastor a three-point charge. Lisa helps their daughter Mary Ruth with her shoes while Eric and Gene, his Seeing Eye dog, get ready to go. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
The Pridmore family prepares for church at their parsonage in Rolling Fork, Miss., where the Revs. Eric and Lisa Pridmore pastor a three-point charge. Lisa helps their daughter Mary Ruth with her shoes while Eric and Gene, his Seeing Eye dog, get ready to go. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The life of a clergyperson carries with it a number of unique challenges and anxieties. The burden does not just fall on them, but also members of their family who support their ministry. For children it can mean frequently having to move to a new town and a new school. For spouses it can mean additional stresses on their own career opportunities. Studies have also shown clergy are at high risk for health problems such obesity and depression.

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women conducted a study on the unique challenges of clergy families and compiled a list of practical resources to help support them. Some resources address physical, mental and family health concerns. Others provide practical information and guidelines around maintaining parsonages and clergy housing. The list also includes helpful tips and practices for welcoming a new pastor and their family to your congregation.

See the full list of resources.