Faithful and Fractured: Responding to the Clergy Health Crisis

Faithful and Fractured: Responding to the Clergy Health Crisis

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Overview

Faithful and Fractured: Responding to the Clergy Health Crisis by Jason Byassee, Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801098833
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 514,627
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Jason Byassee (PhD, Duke University) is the inaugural Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. He previously served as senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference and taught at Duke Divinity School. He serves as a contributing editor to the Christian Century and has authored numerous books.

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface: The Birth of the Duke Clergy Health Initiative
1. Creatures Doing the Creator's Work
2. When Work Is Holy: Highs and Lows of Ministry Work
3. Slowed Down and Overwhelmed: Clergy and Depressive Symptoms
4. A Practical Guide to Combating Stress Symptoms
5. The Pastor's Paradox: Clergy Health and Disease
6. Feeling Alive: The Role of Positive Emotions
7. Clergy Flourishing: In Their Own Words
8. The Lord Bless You and Keep You
Appendix: Recommendations for Clergy Health Programs

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