Program Overview

Spirited Life: Selah is a program created to introduce clergy to one of three stress reduction practices. These practices were designed to equip clergy with the tools they need to manage and respond to the stresses of ministry.

Spirited Life: Selah begins with attendance and participation at an online workshop designed to introduce clergy to a new stress reduction practice and to a group of fellow clergy. Depending on which practice is chosen, clergy will attend anywhere from three to eight online sessions where they will learn their practice under the guidance of highly trained and qualified instructors. 

Following attendance at the workshop, participants will be invited to six months of daily practice and some online follow-up sessions with the clergy from their workshop. The number of follow-up sessions varies by practice. Practice will be encouraged via text messages from their instructors and the Selah staff.

Spirited Life: Selah has two primary components:

  • Instructional programming that introduces clergy to particular stress-reduction skills, and invites them into daily practice in community with a cohort of 15-20 other clergy.
  • A six-month behavioral health study that uses surveys, biometric data, interviews, and daily reporting to rigorously determine whether or not each program made a difference in stress symptoms.

Learn about each of the practices:

Workshops will take place between April 2020 and May 2021.

Because Selah is a behavioral health study, click here to understand what participation in the research elements of Selah entails.

Participants who complete the Spirited Life: Selah program will be eligible for one CEU from Duke University.