One of our commitments as an organization is to conduct research specifically focused on the current state of seminarian health and wholeness. In the summer and fall of 2020, Travis Webster (HSHC co-founder) conducted his dissertation research study* among seminarians who attend Christian seminaries and divinity schools in the United States. The purpose of his study was to explore whether the factors that contribute to pastoral unhealth are already present in pastoral formation. While Travis is closing in on finishing his dissertation, we did not want to wait any longer to share some of what he discovered! Here is a “sneak peek” at some of his results.
Note: very little research has been done on the health of seminarians. Therefore, we believe that the information Travis has gathered will positively contribute to addressing the overall health and wellbeing of seminarians, clergy, and congregations.