Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 878–894

Closeness to God Among Those Doing God’s Work: A Spiritual Well-Being Measure for Clergy

Authors

    • Duke Global Health InstituteDuke University Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research
  • Chongming Yang
    • College of Family, Home, and Social SciencesBrigham Young University
  • Matthew Toth
    • School of Public HealthUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Monica Corbitt Rivers
    • Center for Congregational HealthWake Forest Baptist Health
  • Kenneth Carder
    • Duke Divinity SchoolDuke University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-013-9682-5

Cite this article as:
Proeschold-Bell, R.J., Yang, C., Toth, M. et al. J Relig Health (2014) 53: 878. doi:10.1007/s10943-013-9682-5

Abstract

Measuring spiritual well-being among clergy is particularly important given the high relevance of God to their lives, and yet its measurement is prone to problems such as ceiling effects and conflating religious behaviors with spiritual well-being. To create a measure of closeness to God for Christian clergy, we tested survey items at two time points with 1,513 United Methodist Church clergy. The confirmatory factor analysis indicated support for two, six-item factors: Presence and Power of God in Daily Life, and Presence and Power of God in Ministry. The data supported the predictive and concurrent validity of the two factors and evidenced high reliabilities without ceiling effects. This Clergy Spiritual Well-being Scale may be useful to elucidate the relationship among dimensions of health and well-being in clergy populations.

Keywords

Spiritual well-being Measure Clergy Health

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