FOR DELETION Resources for Congregational and Clergy Health

General Commission on Status and Role of Women - Healthy Families Webinar Series

Healthy Families Webinar Series

Learn more about practices that contribute to healthy family dynamics. This webinar series includes topics to nurture and strengthen families in areas including physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial well-being.

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Wespath -  Tools for a Better Well-Being Webinars

Tools for a Better Well-Being

The Tools for a Better Well-Being Webinar Series is an inter-agency collaboration between Center For Health and General Commission on the Status and Role of Women to provide church leaders tools to improve well-being and enhance vitality for mission and ministry.
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General Commission on Status and Role of Women - Clergy Housing Handbook

Clergy Parsonage Standards Handbook

At the request of clergy, clergy spouses and local churches, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women developed this parsonage handbook containing suggested guidelines for church-owned clergy housing, sample agreement forms and checklists. Local staff-parish relations committees can use the handbook to develop their own guidelines or handbook for clergy housing.
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Wespath Health and Well-Being

A network of resources run by Wespath Benefits and Investments for clergy persons and their families.

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General Commission on Status and Role of Women -  13 Factors That Influence Clergy Heath

13 Factors That Influence Clergy Heath

A short workbook to identify areas of potential stress or support in a clergy person’s life. This powerful resources can help clergy and lay leaders identify new strategies for strengthening clergy leadership and churches.
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General Commission on Status and Role of Women -  50 Ways to Support Your Pastor's Health and Well-Being

50 Ways to Support Your Pastor's Health and Well-Being

This brochure is intended to provide 50 ways to support your pastor’s well-being. These suggestions for the Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Committee and the congregation will help support their pastor’s health and well-being in all its dimensions physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial—and thereby also support the mission and ministry of the congregation.
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FOCUS Clergy Transition Toolkit

An Episcopalian resource for local congregations to discuss support of the clergy person during moves.

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50 Ways to Welcome Your New Pastor

Helpful tips for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership on hospitality and support for incoming pastors. Visit the Lewis Center for Church Leadership website.

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General Board of Discipleship Webinars

United Methodist Discipleship Ministries Archive of Webinars

GBOD offers webinars on a monthly basis. The webinars are offered “live”, then the recording of each webinar is provided through the GBOD website. 

The following are resources for clergy family support:

  • 2013 Clergy Health Implications for the Church
  • The Pastor’s Moving: The SPRC Role
  • Working Together for Healthy Clergy
  • SPRC Plans the Year
  • Making a ‘good’ Move
  • Healthy Church Leaders: Key Factors
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Life in the Fish Bowl: Everyday Challenges of Pastors and Their Families

Life in the Fish Bowl: Everyday Challenges of Pastors and Their Families

By F. Belton Joyner Jr. (published by Abingdon, Nashville) (Written with humor and understanding, this is a good resource for pastor parish committees and for pastors and their families.
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A longer list of books and articles about clergy family stressors complied by the Clergy Family Care Inter-agency Task Force for the fall 2014 Clergy Family Care Summit.

Additional Books and Resources

A longer list of books and articles about clergy family stressors complied by the Clergy Family Care Inter-agency Task Force for the fall 2014 Clergy Family Care Summit.
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General Commission on Status and Role of Women - What Clergy Spouses Want the UMC to Know

What Clergy Spouses Want the UMC to Know

A report from the General Agency study “Clergy Spouses and Families In The United Methodist Church 2009: Part II: Local Church Expectations”.

A helpful overview of contemporary experiences, stressors and blessings experienced by the spouses of UMC Clergy.

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Report and Recommendations, Clergy Family Care Summit 2014

The Clergy Family Care task for compiled a list of the best practices and recommendations which arose from the gathered wisdom. The report and conclusions are useful to share with local district and conference leadership for guidance in improving the care of clergypersons and their families.

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UMC Health Ministry Network

UMC Health Ministry Network

To help build and sustain conference local church health ministry efforts, the Center for Health has partnered with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR Health) to establish the UMC Health Ministry Network (UMCHMN). This unique collaboration connects individuals interested in congregational health ministries across the United States. Essential to church vitality and healthy congregations, health ministry describes the variety of ways that churches can promote health for their clergy, congregants and communities
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General Commission on Status and Role of Women - Clergy Health Survey Report

Clergy Health Survey Report

Wespath Benefits and Investments  conducts a survey of The United Methodist Church (UMC) active U.S. clergy in order to continue to provide comparative data for Center for Health clergy health research. This research is intended to help the denomination learn more about the health and well-being of its clergy. The information is used to monitor clergy health trends and needs as well as to develop enhanced programs and services to assist UMC clergy in leading healthier lives.  Click the icon at the right to download the survey.
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The Center for Health of WesPath conducts a survey of The United Methodist Church (UMC) active U.S. clergy in order to continue to provide comparative data for Center for Health clergy health research. This research is intended to help the denomination learn more about the health and well-being of its clergy. The information is used to monitor clergy health trends and needs as well as to develop enhanced programs and services to assist UMC clergy in leading healthier lives.

The Lewis Center for Church is building a new vision for church leadership grounded in faith, informed by knowledge, and exercised in effective practice. The Lewis Center regularly posts updated research about clergy trends across the Church.