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Healthy Congregations Program

Certification Training

The three-course certification training for Healthy Congregations provides teams with skills and tools for success in planning and carrying out effective congregational health ministry work. Certification of at least three team members is required for renewal funding through the Healthy Congregations program. All Great Plains United Methodists are invited to participate in the training - it's a great way to learn more and get started!

Live Virtual Training: No travel required - you'll just need a computer for the materials and a speakerphone. Pre-registration is required, and sessions with insufficient registrations may be cancelled.

Face-to-Face Training: Held at regional sites around Great Plains. Breakfast/lunch provided.** If you need overnight accommodations due to driving distances, please make your own arrangements with a local hotel (you may apply your HC grant funds to cover the cost).

2017 Live Virtual Training Schedule - Register below
Health Ministry 101
[Tuesdays 6-9 p.m.]
Outcomes-Based Planning
[Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.]
Program Evaluation Using Data
[Tuesdays 6-8 p.m.]
September 26 October 3 October 10

2017 Face-to-Face Training Schedule - Register below
Health Ministry 101
Outcomes-Based Planning
Program Evaluation Using Data
*Kansas Wesleyan, Salina KS October 18, noon-3 p.m. October 18, 3-5 p.m. October 18, 7-9 p.m.
*First-Faith UMC, Grand Island NE October 21, 9-noon October 21, 12:45-2:45 p.m. October 21, 3-5 p.m.
*Yates Center UMC, KS November 4, 9-noon November 4, 12:45-2:45 p.m. November 4, 3-5 p.m.

*Breakfast is available ahead of the first training session. Lunch is provided before the second session. If wanting meals, be sure to check the boxes during registration below.

Not sure what you still need for certification?
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(note: you only need to take each class once, not every year)
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Separate registration required for each person participating.
[note: registration for each session will close one week before the training date, and sessions with insufficient registration may be cancelled. Please register early to help ensure your sessions "make".]
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Please choose the training sessions you will attend in 2017:

Health Ministry 101:

Please include me in the pre-session breakfast count (In Person only).

Outcomes-Based Planning:

Please include me in the pre-session lunch count (In Person only).

Program Evaluation Using Data

Note: at the face-to-face training sites, breakfast and lunch will be provided (see details above), but we are unable to provide for individualized food selections at these venues. If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, please contact us for guidance.

What is necessary for the live virtual training sessions?

  • A computer with internet access
  • A speakerphone (group/individual training) or telephone (individual). You will receive a toll-free number (no long-distance charges) and access code when you do the required connection test.
  • A copy of the presentation slides and worksheets. These may be downloaded from our website after registration. Print the worksheets and keep them handy. The slides are made to be viewed online, but you may print them if you wish.
  • If you want to run a basic connection test (recommended), use this link: Adobe Connect Test. This will help ensure success in connecting to the training session.

Adobe Connect system requirements are available here. KUSM-W tech staff has prepared a recommendation, available here, for students using Adobe Connect.

Detailed course descriptions

Health Ministry 101 (3 hours)
This introductory course includes Healthy Congregations program orientation and team-building in a church setting. Identify local priority health needs, set goals, and develop a plan to help you make a positive health impact in people's lives.

Outcomes-Based Planning (2 hours)
Introduction to the socio-ecological model and its use for planning, along with worksheets, instructions, examples, and assistance in developing outcomes-based plans for effective health ministries.

Program Evaluation & Using Data (2 hours)
Healthy Congregations teams work hard to improve people's health and well-being; in any human effort, measuring how well we're achieving progress toward our goals is critical to learning and adapting. This course covers evaluation methods, tools, and questions; using evaluation templates; and techniques for analyzing and interpreting collected information.