Churches exist in virtually every community in this country and consist of people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds. Because the church is generally more integrated into the life of individuals and communities than our modern medical establishment, it can therefore better enable people to assume responsibility for their own health.
Local churches can help address the need for more appropriate and accessible health care services. More importantly, the church can bring a holistic perspective to a community's understanding of health: One that integrates body, mind, and spirit in congregations and communities, promoting prevention and wellness. The church, therefore, is a strategic place where all elements of health and healing can be discussed. Here people can learn and be nurtured.
Types of Health Ministries
Here are some kinds of congregational health ministries. Churches can incorporate these programs based on their own needs.
Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse—A professional healthcare giver on the church staff who provides services to individuals and groups. Read more . . .
Health Advocate—A trained volunteer who serves as an advisor on health education and promotion for individuals and groups. Read more . . .
Participatory Health Group—A group that analyzes its problems and develops its own solutions. Read more . . .