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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.

Intersections of Faith and Health:
Ecumenical Health Ministry Conference Oct. 18-19, 2017Intersections of Faith and Health Ecumenical Confernence logo

For 2017, the Health Fund has organized a special two-day ecumenical gathering of those with interests in congregational health ministry along with public health and health care professionals. Gary Gunderson

Held at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, the event features keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Gary Gunderson, nationally-known thought leader in faith and health. Gunderson is the author of Deeply Woven Roots, The Leading Causes of Life, and Religion and the Health of the Public. He holds positions at Wake Forest University as Professor of Faith and Health of the Public and as Professor of Public Health Science. Gunderson also serves as Vice President for FaithHealth at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The October 18 pre-conference features trainings including Health Ministry Team Training with Judy Johnston (qualifies for Healthy Congregations certification training), parish nursing topics including Spirituality, Mental Illness in Congregations, and Introduction to Parish Nursing by JoVeta Wescott, and Congregational Health Ministry Basics by Becky Tuttle. See for full details and to register.

The October 19 conference includes keynote Making Mercy Normal: Moving from Project to Pervasive Practice by Gary Gunderson, and a variety of workshops:

Roles That Put Wheels on the Movement: Witness from Memphis and North Carolina

  • Teresa Cutts, Faculty, Wake Forest University
  • Gary Gunderson

It Works for Us

Advocacy for Health

Good Neighboring as Good Medicine

Hospitals and Faith Communities

Healthy Congregations Annual Retreat

Retreat Logo\Now in its 16th 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 2017 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.