UCC Flourishing in Ministry Survey Project
New Year’s Greetings! I am pleased to announce that the United Church of Christ will be participating in the Flourishing in Ministry project, a national study on clergy wellness. This longitudinal study is designed and implemented by Dr. Matthew Bloom of the University of Notre Dame and is funded by the Lilly Endowment.
How the survey will be distributed: UCC Ordained, Licensed, Commissioned, and Privilege of Call Ministers and Members in Discernment will receive an email on February 7, 2017 that will invite them to participate in this study, though they are not required to do so. They will have until Friday, February 17 to complete the survey. The University of Notre Dame will distribute the survey link and instructions to each minister’s email address as recorded in the Data Hub. To communicate this process, CARD has created an introductory letter and FAQs for ministers and MIDs at this link:
Through our participation in the study, the UCC will receive a specific aggregate report of the survey’s results that all Conferences, Associations, ministers, and local churches will be able to view. This will help to create a broad conversation about the wellbeing of UCC ministers that can inform future practices, support, and resources.
What we need in terms of support from Conferences: Will you help us to communicate with your ministers and MIDs to let them know they will be receiving the survey and that this research project is being done in partnership with the UCC national setting? That way, we can prepare them to participate if desired and thus get a larger sample of UCC ministers. Please consider communicating directly with your ministers and MIDs or putting an announcement in your Conference’s newsletter. Here is one you can use:
All UCC clergy and Members in Discernment are being invited to participate in the Flourishing in Ministry project, a national study on clergy wellbeing. This research is being done in partnership with the UCC national setting and all Conferences. Ministers and MIDs will be receiving an email on February 7, 2017 that will invite you to participate in this study, though you are not required to do so. Details can be found here: http://www.uccfiles.com/pdf/ucc_clergy_wellbeing.pdf
I’m excited about his partnership and what we can learn from these survey results. If you have any questions not addressed in the letter or FAQs, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you for your continued partnership in our shared ministry!
Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Ph.D.
Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD)
United Church of Christ
700 Prospect Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100
1-866-822-8224, ext. 3866