UMC Health Ministry Network
Connecting Parish/Faith Community Nurses, Health Advocates and Others with a Passion for Health Across the Denomination
Churches play a significant role in the lives of their congregants and the community. They have a unique ability to impact individuals’ health and well-being directly, in many different ways. The church can also promote health in a more wholistic* way than modern medical establishments—embracing wellness in all its forms—and serving as strategic place where all elements of health can be discussed. Essential to flourishing churches, health ministry describes the variety of ways that churches can become involved in promoting health to their clergy, congregants and communities.
To help build and sustain your ministry efforts, the Center for Health has partnered with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR Health) to establish the UMC Health Ministry Network. This unique initiative connects and educates individuals with existing health ministries or those interested in creating health ministries in congregations across the United States.
The resources below will help you create, implement and grow a health ministry initiative in your congregation. Resources are also available for ministries to support and improve the health and well-being of your pastor. A healthy clergyperson benefits the congregation and vice versa.
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The UMC Health Ministry Network is providing information in this publication as an educational service to illustrate some practices that may have positive impact on well-being. The Network's sharing of this general information should not be construed as, does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as medical advice nor legal, counseling, accounting, tax, or other professional advice or services on any specific matter.
The “w” is used with the wordwholistic when speaking of health ministry and parish/faith community nursing. The Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg first advocated the use of the term "wholistic" rather than "holistic," to more closely relate the term to wholeness and to avoid confusion with the term "holistic" that connotes non-religious alternative health care practices.