Research Library

Flourishing in Ministry Research Insights

  2013 Emerging Research Insights Report
This was our first report that was published in 2013. It provides a comprehensive overview of the results of our research at that time.

  2017 Flourishing in Ministry: Clergy, Ministry Life and Wellbeing
This is an update to our 2013 report. It presents our new model of wellbeing and describes the four building blocks of flourishing.

Insights for Clergy

  The "stages" of ministry
Pastors need a "back stage," a place in which they can receive the support and care they need to be excellent in ministry and to flourish. This insight report provides key lessons from research on the role of a back stage in creating high levels of wellbeing among clergy and others in ministry.

  Never alone
This research insights discusses the vital role that social support plays in flourishing. We present research results on how family, friends, peers and leaders impact flourishing, and we highlight the critical role that congregations play in clergy wellbeing.

  Burning out in ministry
Burnout is a serious condition that is a warning sign of potentially worse things to come. We find that a significant number of clergy are experiencing high levels of burnout, many of whom do not realize they are in a precarious position. This research insight describes our results and provide guidelines for responding to burnout.

  A burden to heavy?
Research shows that the work of ministry is more diverse and complex than most professional roles. The demands of ministry work are high. In this research insights we discuss the characteristics of ministry work that may challenge clergy wellbeing.

Wellbeing at Work

  Flourishing in Service
This reports presents our comprehensive wellbeing model for care-giving professions. It is based upon our research with international humanitarian workers, global health professionals, Head Start and public school teachers, and physicians.