Global Ministries supports congregational health programs in the United States that nurture mind, body, and spirit in a holistic way, embracing wellness in all its forms. Healthy Congregations, Healthy Communities is a new initiative for churches, primarily in the U.S. but potentially also in Europe, introduced in September, 2015 at a “U.S. health Forum” in Houston, Texas. The summit is organized around opportunities for health ministries in a range of contexts, including medical institutions, schools and seminaries and local churches. The goal is to have churches provide opportunities for physical activities, promote healthy diet and nutrition, encourage prevention and recovery from addictive substances, and promote the mental well-being of members of their congregations and communities. More information on how to sign up to join this initiative will be provided soon
Partners in Congregational Health Ministry
Our partners in the U.S. congregational health programs include faith community nurses, the health ministry network, health advocates and church and community workers. Faith Community Nurses, also called Parish Nurses, are registered nurses who promote preventative care and customize health ministry to fit the needs of congregations they serve. Health advocates are individuals with or without medical training who work with Faith Community Nurses for healthy congregations. The United Methodist Church Health Ministry Advisory Team helps create and sustain health ministries in congregations across the United States. Learn more about the Health Ministry for United Methodist Congregations and the UMC Health Ministry Network.