The Role and Influence of Faith Leaders on Health-Related Issues and Programs in their Congregation

Meghan Baruth, Melissa Bopp, Benjamin L. Webb, Jane A. Peterson

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Abstract

This qualitative study explored the influence of faith leaders on health-related issues within their congregation. Semi-structured interviewers with 24 faith leaders found that chronic conditions and poor health behaviors were the top health challenges facing their congregation. A majority mentioned health-related activities taking place at their church. Most believed they had influence on their congregation for issues related to health/wellness, most commonly in the form of increasing awareness. A majority talked about the importance of being a role model. It is important to understand how to most effectively capitalize on the strengths of and engage pastors in health promotion efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1747-1759
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 25 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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