Congregational Health Ministries
Congregation-based health ministries are growing for three reasons.
- Aging of the UMC membership.
- The large number of individuals and families in the US that lack health insurance.
- Seminaries now include health as a theme in the training of clergy. (New World Outlook, Nov/Dec 2010)
Types of Health Ministries
Churches can incorporate these programs based on their own needs.
- Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse - A professional healthcare giver on the church staff who provides services to individuals and groups. Read more . . .
- Health Advocate - A trained volunteer who serves as an advisor on health education and promotion for individuals and groups. Read more . . .
- Participatory Health Group - A group that analyzes its problems and develops its own solutions. Read more . . .
Go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief Congregational Health site for more information.