Survey: Clergy show high stress levels

A recent study by the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits showed that the a significant number of United Methodist clergy consider their jobs stressful.

Of those surveyed, 5 percent suffer from depression,  47 percent experienced hostility in their congregations and many suffer from physical conditions such as obesity (40 percent), high cholesterol (51 percent) and asthma (17 percent), according to The United Methodist Reporter.

The report also showed part-time pastors have lower stress levels, clergy at smaller churches have higher physical health risks and clergy who change appointments more frequently have higher levels of physical and emotional risks.

The data collected will be used to promote healthy practices.

Do you see similar trends in other faith traditions?

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