Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 113–143 | Cite as

Health Programming for Clergy: An Overview of Protestant Programs in the United States

  • Amanda Christine Wallace
  • Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
  • Sara LeGrand
  • John James
  • Robin Swift
  • David Toole
  • Matthew Toth
Article

Abstract

The health of clergy is important, and clergy may find health programming tailored to them more effective. Little is known about existing clergy health programs. We contacted Protestant denominational headquarters and searched academic databases and the Internet. We identified 56 clergy health programs and categorized them into prevention and personal enrichment; counseling; marriage and family enrichment; peer support; congregational health; congregational effectiveness; denominational enrichment; insurance/strategic pension plans; and referral-based programs. Only 13 of the programs engaged in outcomes evaluation. Using the Socioecological Framework, we found that many programs support individual-level and institutional-level changes, but few programs support congregational-level changes. Outcome evaluation strategies and a central repository for information on clergy health programs are needed.

Keywords

Clergy Health behavior Evaluation Health programs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda Christine Wallace
    • 1
  • Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell
    • 2
  • Sara LeGrand
    • 3
  • John James
    • 1
  • Robin Swift
    • 1
  • David Toole
    • 1
  • Matthew Toth
    • 1
  1. 1.Duke University Divinity SchoolDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities ResearchDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities ResearchDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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