A health ministry is an organized effort within a faith community, beyond the scope of normal worship and fellowship gatherings, that actively promotes the health needs of the congregation and surrounding area. By assisting faith communities in the establishment of health ministries, congregations emphasize the wholeness of body, mind and spirit.
Faith Community Health aims to empower and assist local congregations to create and expand upon their health ministry efforts.
Here are some examples of ways to address health in your congregation:
Exercise classes—Are a great way to address the physical, social and mental health of your congregations. Your congregation could have weekly yoga classes, walking groups, Zumba classes, etc. The possibilities are endless!
- Education—Because congregations gather together on a weekly basis, this is a great opportunity to educate the masses about various health topics that may be of importance to your congregation.
- Community outreach—Faith Communities are often looking for ways to get to know their neighborhoods, and community outreach allows them to do so. Community outreach examples, such as health fairs, allows faith communities an opportunity to serve their neighbors while providing much-needed services.