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1 Lisa M. Wallace, RN Faith Community Nurse Implementing Congregational Health Ministry

2 What is Health Ministry? Intersection or integration of faith and health A purpose or mission to promote optimal holistic health An outreach ministry in the church and of the church A functioning ministry or committee like other ministries or committees within the church

3 A Little History Rev. Granger Westberg, Hospital Chaplain, College Professor The First Health Cabinet The International Parish Nurse Resource Center Parish Nurse Programs Congregational Health Promoter Programs Community Outreach: Hospital systems, school systems, insurance companies, businesses

4 Why Health Ministry? Social Implications – Changes in health care – Changes in economy – Cultural diversity Spiritual Implications – Biblical directives – Interdependence of holistic health

5 Sobering Regional Statistics 75%/$1 spent on healthcare in the US is for chronic disease management (Medicare-99% & Medicaid-83%) Smokers-20.3% NC high schoolers: obesity-72%; alcohol-35% Adult exercise-46.4; 5>fruits/vegies daily-20.6 Unintended pregnancy-39.8% Poverty-16.9%; 47% children <5y.o.-Medicaid

6 Unhealthy Living in America

7 Biblical Perspectives Americans take better care of their cars/homes/cell phones/pets than their bodies: (1 Cor. 6: 19-20) Daniel: cared for his body (1:8) and his spirit (6:10) Jesus practiced self-care: rest, prayer, fasting; retreat Stress: positive or negative

8 Benefits of Health Ministry for the Congregation Continuing education in an historical learning environment Prevention, early detection, & early treatment of health issues vs. treatment alone Assist with chronic disease management Meet the diverse needs of the elderly Better access to resources

9 Benefits to Congregation Continued… Built in support system Promotes holistic health for the individual and families Encourage social justice; can impact poverty, homelessness, hunger, prejudice, and other community needs Reach diverse ages and stages of life

10 Benefits of Health Ministry for Clergy/Ministry Personnel Accountability: “Do as I do…” Holistically healthier staff Physically, mentally, & spiritually healthier congregants Increased outreach Increased discipleship Prevention and early intervention vs. triage More effective function of the church: “Teach a man to fish…”

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13 Implementation Enlist Church Leadership Develop a Health Committee Survey the Congregation Develop a plan – Include all ages – Include all groups – Include all gatherings

14 Health Ministry Models Parish Nurse Model (affiliated/non-affiliated) – Paid model – Volunteer Model (some compensation) Congregational Health Promoter Model Health Cabinet Model – Can include healthcare personnel…or not

15 Resources International Parish Nurse Resource Center Health Ministry Association Health Care Systems – Moses Cone – Novant – Carolinas Healthcare NC Council of Churches City, County, State, and Federal Resources/Agencies: (Sr. services, CDC, FDA)

16 References Congregational Resource Guide. (2010). Health Ministry Association. (2011). Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health. (2011). International Parish Nurse Resource Center. (2011). Patterson, D. L. (2003). The essential parish nurse. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press. Westberg, G. E. & McNamara, J. W. (1990). The parish nurse: Providing a minister of health for your congregation. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Yeager, Rev. C. (personal communication, September 13, 2011)


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