This Pastoral Well-being Checklist is an invitation for congregations to enter into discussion with their pastor(s) about how to create a healthier and more fulfilling work environment. When the congregation takes initiative to create a healthy environment for their pastor to live, work and function, the congregation also benefits.
The checklist items included in the download below fall into one or more of the following categories: physical, financial, spiritual, professional/relational and emotional/work-life balance. Congregations are invited to consider the variety of pastoral concerns addressed. This checklist is intended to be accessible for all congregations regardless of size and financial resources. Congregations are encouraged to do as much as they can with the resources they have, recognizing that the congregational role as employer is unique and complex. When looking to make changes, prioritize with your pastor items of greatest impact.
The Pastor Well-being Checklist is one of five resources MC USA congregations can access at the MC USA Well-being in Ministry page. Check off ten or more items to receive denominational recognition toward being a “Well-being in Ministry” congregation.
Other Well-being in Ministry resources include The Corinthian Plan health coverage, pastor Salary Guidelines pastor Review Process guidelines, and Pastor Congregational Relations Committees.