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Supporting Great Plains United Methodist Health Ministry

Healthy Congregations Program

Healthy Congregations encourages and supports intentional health ministry in Great Plains United Methodist churches, providing training, resources, and financial support to churches committed to health ministry programming.

Participating churches also receive access to special opportunities such as the Big Garden Program, Summer Food Program, and Strengthening Families Program.

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For full details, please visit the Healthy Congregations program page.

Healthy Congregations Annual Retreat April 25-27, 2019

Retreat Logo\Now in its 18th year, the retreat gathers Great Plains United Methodists for learning, inspiration, fellowship, and fun as they refresh and recharge on a campus nestled in nature's beauty.

Held at Rock Springs 4-H Center in the Kansas' scenic Flint Hills region, the retreat is for all Great Plains United Methodists with an interest in congregational and community health ministry. The event features a variety of workshops covering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social components of health. The retreat is provided at no cost, and also offers the training courses for the Healthy Congregations program. Nursing and clergy CEUs offered.

Healthy Congregations Training

Healthy Congregations Training logoTraining courses for church health ministry teams are led by Judy Johnston, University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, and provide tools for organizing and implementing effective health ministry programs through Healthy Congregations.

Three courses fulfill the team training requirements of the Healthy Congregations program. For 2019 schedules and details, please see the Healthy Congregations training home page. The courses are open to all Great Plains Conference United Methodists, even if not currently in the Healthy Congregations program.

Other Health Ministry Resources

We've gathered and developed a number of helpful tips, presentations, links, and other resources - all free for you to use. Visit the HC Resources page to browse the offerings.