Round two of surveys were sent out by the Clergy Health Initiative. the goal of this group “is not simply to gauge the state of pastors’ health. It is to facilitate changes that enhance it.” This is study done with the Western North Carolina and North Carolina Conference and is run through the Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.
With their request for us to fill out another round of surveys, which did take almost 45 minutes to complete (but was compensated $25 for doing it, DATE NIGHT WITH THE MRS!), they provided us with a few facts from the first survey. It seems being a minister can be bad for your health!
All of these stats are compared to the state of North Carolina as a whole.
Obesity Rates: NC= 29% Clergy = 40%
Arthritis: NC= 27% Clergy = 29%
High Blood Pressure: NC= 25% Clergy = 29%
Asthma: NC= 10% Clergy = 14%
Diabetes: NC= 7% Clergy = 10%
Depression: NC= 6% Clergy = 10%
It is intersting that compared to NC, we are higher in every category. No wonder we pay an arm and leg for health care (at least in the WNCC).