Statewide Clergy Health Survey


2008 - Ongoing

Project status: In Progress




In an effort to better understand the demands and rewards of clergy life and their relationship to clergy wellbeing – with an eye toward informing interventions for improvement - the Duke Clergy Health Initiative has conducted a longitudinal survey of North Carolina’s United Methodist clergy every two years since 2008. 

The Statewide Clergy Health Survey, also called the Clergy Health Initiative Longitudinal Survey, is one of the most extensive surveys of clergy health ever conducted. Thanks to the tremendous response of United Methodist North Carolina clergy, this survey is recognized as a definitive source of information on clergy health, including mental and physical health and spiritual well-being.  

Well over 1,400 North Carolina UMC clergy with active appointments (or retired for fewer than four years) participated in the survey with each fielding: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2019, and 2021. The data helps us understand how certain ministry conditions affect holistic health over time. Because we invite the same clergy to take the survey across multiple waves – and over 1,350 clergy have participated in at least five waves - we are able to see patterns for individuals in a way other clergy data sources do not offer. As a result, our findings are more accurate and speak to changes in ministry – and society’s influences – over time. 

Clergy will be invited to lend their voices to this unique resource again in 2023 and 2025. 



Logan Tice, M.A., Research Manager

Jia Yao, M.A., Data Analyst

Glaucia Salgado, MSc. & M.A., Study Coordinator 



Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Ph.D., Director

David Eagle, Ph.D., Co-Director


The Duke Endowment


Logan Tice

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