A major study was conducted in 2015 by the Danielsen Institute on behalf of the Center for Family Care and offered concrete feedback on the state of our clergy and clergy families. The report, Trauma, Relational Spirituality, and Resilience: A Study of Greek Orthodox Priests and Presvyteres, produced compelling findings regarding the financial, physical, emotional, and spiritual condition of our clergy and presvyteres. A second survey was conducted in 2016 by the Metropolis of Atlanta Strategic Plan Clergy Task Force. The conclusions of both studies indicated that new strategies and initiatives are needed to solve the identified problems.
One such initiative that emerged is the establishment of Clergy Peer Learning Groups. The CPLG program brings together small groups of priests, usually on a quarterly basis, with trained clergy as facilitators.
The focus of these groups is as follows: