Spreading the word


We’re now two years into the Spirited Life program, and indications are good that it is making a difference for many clergy.  We still have a long way to go — our third group of pastors is just about to begin the two-year wellness program.  But the outcomes are looking good, so we’re stepping up our efforts to spread the word about our holistic approach to the complex issue of clergy health.

Christian Century - Fit for MinistryThis week’s cover story in The Christian Century, “Fit for Ministry: Addressing the Crisis in Clergy Health,” is a big step forward.  Kudos to Amy Frykholm for her excellent work in summarizing the many different facets of our program.

I’ve been watching with interest the comments readers have shared…their reactions to our findings and the hypotheses our staff have voiced as to what’s driving them.  These readers make it clear that the stresses and strains of ministry extend far beyond the borders of North Carolina, and that there’s a dire need for attention to be paid to the health of pastors.

We hope you’ll take a moment to share the article with other pastors and those who care about them.

Kate Rugani

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About Kate Rugani

Kate is communications director for the Clergy Health Initiative. She holds an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s in integrated marketing communications and public relations. She has a background in both corporate and nonprofit communications and loves spreading the word about how organizations are helping real people. She enjoys hiking, trying new recipes, and hanging out with her husband and three kids.

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