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Beginning a Health Ministry

The Gospel calls us to teach, preach, and heal. Churches make teaching and preaching central to their work, but healing is often left out. At Church Health Reader, we are here to help your church begin or deepen a health ministry.

Are you interested in beginning a health ministry?

We have outlined a series of articles that are “must-reads” before beginning a health ministry.

Read this first:

The Church’s Call to Health Ministry

Deborah Patterson, executive director of theInternational Parish Nurse Resource Center, believes churches can impact a community’s health in deep, sustainable ways. Read this excerpt from her book Healing Words for Healing People.

Then read this article for a more in-depth explanation and advice on initiating a conversation in your church:

On this Foundation: Q&A with Mary Chase-Ziolek

In this interview, Chase-Ziolek, author of Health,Healing and Wholeness: Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health, emphasizes the importance of laying the groundwork for health ministry.

Then to get a broader view of health ministry, read this interview:

Health Ministry on the Ground: Q&A with Susan Friedl

Rev. Susan Friedl of the National Council of Churches Health Task Force discusses the importance of health ministry and the results of a survey the NCC conducted on health ministries.

Finally, for a quick top ten list, the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. developed this article:

Top Ten Reasons to Develop a Congregational Ministry of Health

Now you should have a grasp on the foundations of health ministry.
Let's move on to scripture>>

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