John Wesley once told his preachers and leaders, you will not be able to carry out your ministry unless you take care of yourselves”. He was said to be physically fit even into his later years, exercising frequently, walking regularly, and even standing at his desk to keep from getting stagnant. These options to care for the body are designed to help leaders care for this physical aspect of ourbeing.


The Clergy Weight Loss program is designed to support clergy who are overweight in their efforts to lose weight. To participate, determine your Body Mass Index (BMI) before you register. Any Wesley Nurse should be able to assist you in this effort. BMI is a measurement based upon height and weight and usually equals between 3-5 pounds. Then determine BMI at the end of the enrollment period. Clergy receive $50.00 per BMI loss up to $400.00 at the end of the enrollment period. To select this option, complete the start-up questionnaire form and choose this option from the physical wellness pull-downlist.

Choose an enrollment period among the following:
1) Short Term: 3 Months 2) Moderate Term: 6 Months 3) Long-Term: 9 Months 4) Other (Note: Clergy may begin a term anytime during the year, as long as your period ends by December 10th)

Weight Loss Support Plan
The Weight Loss Support Plan reimburses clergy up to $125.00 for weight loss plans that include fees for gym memberships; personal trainers; dance, aerobics, Zumba, yoga, martial arts, Jennie Craig, Weight Watchers, or others. Please complete the final reporting form to receive your incentive.

Additional Incentive Options
There will be additional opportunities to assist with weight loss while also providing incentives throughout the year. Some examples are the Bench Mark Press Challenge, the Thanksgiving challenge, and there will be others. Special weight loss programs designed upon consultation with a physician will also be recognized.


The Increasing Physical Activity Plan is designed to encourage and support clergy who desire to receive the health benefits from increasing their physical activity. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans which primarily determined that regular physical activity over months and years can produce long-term health benefits. Included in benefits of increased physical activity could also be the prevention of chronic diseases, such as hypertension, certain types of diabetes, cancer, and others. (You can view the full report at: )

To participate in this activity:
To select this option, complete the start-up questionnaire form and choose this option from the physical wellness pull-down list. A six or nine month period is required for this option with monthly update reporting on your activity and how it is helping. During the program period, clergy may engage in any number of activities that will measurably increase physical activity over an extended time.

Clergy can request the $125 scholarship option to assist with fees for gym memberships; personal trainers; dance, aerobics, Zumba, yoga, martial arts, Jennie Craig, Weight Watchers, marathons, swimming, boxing, aerobics, and wellness boot camp, and so forth. Any activities offered by your local Wesley Nurse will qualify for this program component as well. Once you complete your activity period, please complete the final reporting form to receive your incentive.

3. Health Risk Management Bonus

One of the keys to physical wellness is to monitor and manage health risk factors. Blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are often signals to the status of one’s immediate state of wellness. In some cases, practices, such as smoking for example, have been linked to causing health risks. A special invitation is being extended to participants who would like to be encouraged in management of a particular health risk factor that may be essential to greater health and wellness. If a clergy person or participant is under the doctor’s care to lower, manage or monitor a vital sign or limit a practice that places health at risk, that plan can qualify for the Health Risk Management Plan.

Qualifying Health Risk Factors
Health risk factors that qualify for this bonus are: blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and smoking. Other manageable health risk areas may qualify as well, especially if they are a part of a participant’s health plan under the advisement of a physician. Many of these will also qualify for this bonus, especially if they are a part of your doctor’s advice for an individual. If this is the case for you, please contact the Leadership Vitality Office to see if your doctor advised health risk management plan will qualify. Once a risk factor is selected for management, clergy are invited to voluntarily journal and track the management of that vital sign or health risk and receive an additional incentive of $100.00 at the end of the year if it is either lowered or maintained.

How It Works: (5 Steps)

1. You will be invited to indicate that you are interested in this bonus as you complete the Bonus Participation Form. In that form, you will be asked to voluntarily name the item that you want to manage, and any measurements that are related. For example, if blood pressure is your issue, you will be asked to share whatever your beginning rate might be such as “130/89”. In another example, if your health risk factor is smoking, you may indicate “one pack per day”.

2. You will next be asked to share your health risk management goals: Another example if blood pressure management were to be your goal, you would indicate, “to get blood pressure to 125/80”. For a smoking goal, you might project a desire to progress from one pack per day to three packs per week.

3. You will be asked how you will maintain your goal. 4. Then you will be invited to journal.

5. For final reporting, you will be asked to indicate where you end the year regarding your goal, share if you were able to manage or achieve your goal, and demonstrate how you achieved your accomplishment through journaling.

(This Bonus is Spouse/Buddy System eligible)