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Care For Pastors

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website with numerous helpful resources for clergy in all areas of life

13 Clergy Health Factors & the 5 Dimensions of Health

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The Church Systems Task Force research identified 13 factors that are highly correlated with clergy health, differentiating those who are healthy from those who are unhealthy. The 13 factors identify sources of stress, challenges to maintaining physical health, obstacles to emotional health, impacts upon social health, the importance of spiritual health and the influence of finances. 

Clergy Age Trends in the UMC

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Article is reporting on a 2014 UM report and talks about the changing age demographics of the church. Elders and local pastors are appointed as pastors of congregations. The number of active elders continue to decline as the number of local pastors grows.

Clergy More Likely to Suffer From Depression, Anxiety

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A number of factors were found to be powerful predictors of depression and anxiety, most notably job stress. Clergy engage in many stressful activities, including grief counseling, navigating the competing demands of congregants, and delivering a weekly sermon that opens them up to criticism. The strain of these roles is further amplified by having to switch rapidly between them, which other studies have shown to exacerbate stressful experiences.  

Divine Intervention: Helping Clergy Help Themselves

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“Clergy feel divinely called to their profession,” she says. “They believe that they are called by God to do the work they are doing, and this imbues a level of significance to everything they do that people in other professions don’t often have.”

Illinois Great Rivers Conference

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Your local link to all things UMC.  Find information on all 10 districts in the IGRC, a conference directory, annual conference reports, and a calendar of events.

Prodigal Pastor Kids: Fact or Fiction

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Parents believe that they are primarily responsible for the spiritual development of their children, but few parents spend time during a typical week interacting with their children on spiritual matters. This finding, from nationwide research conducted by the Barna Research Group (Ventura, California), underscores the need for churches to help parents address the spiritual needs of their children more intentionally and effectively.

The WellSprings Journal

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The WellSprings Journal is an expression of who we are as United Methodist (UM) clergywomen.  WellSprings is for UM clergywomen, by UM clergywomen and of UM clergywomen.  The need for “an instrument of some kind that could not only connect, but bond United Methodist clergywomen in a new and exciting way” was recognized (vol.1, no.1, p. 5), 34 years after full United Methodist clergy rights for women was granted in 1956.  Addressing that need, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry ...


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Information on the United Methodist Church. Learn about our church, our faith, our people, and our world through the lens of the United Methodist Church. (Available in Korean and Spanish.)

10 Tips for a Healthy Marriage

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It takes work to have a healthy marriage but it is possible. Just like good nutrition and regular exercise can help you have a healthy body, there are things you can do to have a healthy marriage. This article talks about 10 tips to strengthen your marriage.

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