Clergy Health and Wellbeing

The Continuing Impact of Technology on Congregations

“I’m Exhausted All the Time”: Exploring the Factors Contributing to Growing Clergy Discontentment

Black Churches Hit Hardest but Show Remarkable Resilience in Pandemic

EPIC Webinar Series: From Surviving to Thriving, New Congregational Research for a New Year

Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations: Innovation Amidst and Beyond COVID-19 is a five-year research project funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and led by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. The focus of this expansive initiative is to research, collect, and disseminate data about the possible changes and long-term implications the pandemic might have on religious life across the United States. Through this centralized online hub, congregational and denominational leaders, religious scholars, and the general public will have free access to a growing repository of curated resources, practical tools, and guidance—drawn from our own research and from our cross-denominational partners.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Challenges are Great Opportunities: Study Explores Clergy Health & Wellness Amid Post-Pandemic Realities 

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has released a study finding high levels of discontentment among Christian clergy in the U.S.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

How a Clergy Support Group Provided Resilience During Challenging Times

A minister reflects on the vital importance of her clergy support group during challenging times like COVID-19, social unrest, and climate change, providing community, shared wisdom, and hope to comba

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Having Embraced Tech, Pastors Now Use AI to Support Ministry

Pastors embrace AI like ChatGPT to streamline administrative tasks, write better sermon copy, and improve church operations, freeing up time for more pastoral work.

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Pastor’s vision team was key to his church’s 15% growth during COVID

Today, a church that was averaging 260 attendees on a Sunday has risen 15% to 300 people attending in person with an equal amount listening online. The church budget jumped 20% and building expansion

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Our project is gathering both broad, nationally representative surveys and detailed ethnographic case studies of how religious congregations are changing and adapting in the wake of COVID-19.

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Whether you are a church leader, a denominational executive or an academic researcher exploring the religious reality during and after the pandemic, we welcome your involvement.