Researchers

The Center for Vocational Ministry is pleased to aid ministry researchers in their efforts by connecting them with the following resources.

Flourishing in Ministry

Chris Adams, Ph.D., is a part of the Flourishing in Ministry research team, and the Center for Vocational Ministry is the West Coast hub of this project. Focused on the well-being of clergy and their families, the Flourishing in Ministry project examines what motivates pastors and priests to be engaged in ministry—and what disrupts them from experiencing well-being in their work. In our research, we explore how clergy—often working with lean resources—give so much to others yet experience a sense of fulfillment and growth in their daily work lives. Individual pastors and denominational groups are invited to participate in this ongoing project, and receive personalized results to enhance your well-being in ministry.

Duke Clergy Health Initiative

Chris Adams, Ph.D., serves as a consultant, researcher, and author with this landmark study. The Duke Clergy Health Initiative is a 10-year program to assess and improve the health and well-being of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. Through our multiyear wellness intervention and behavioral health study—Spirited Life—and other programs and resources, the Clergy Health Initiative underscores the theological reasons for caring for oneself and offers strategies to help pastors develop holistic health practices.