Healthy Congregations Retreat


After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, we’re excited for the return of the Healthy Congregations Retreat in 2023. Join us for this time of healing, learning, sharing, reflection, and fellowship with Healthy Congregations team members and other Great Plains Conference United Methodists passionate about congregational and community health.

If you’ve attended the Healthy Congregations Retreat in the past, welcome back! Since our last retreat the world has changed, and so has this event. We’ve kept the best parts from years past, but with a new location, increased accessibility, and a fresh program.

If you haven’t attended this gathering before, you’re in for a worthwhile experience. We’ve heard from many participants how they look forward to the event each year and how it benefits them – both personally and in their health ministry.

Tuesday, April 25
Noon – Registration opens
1 p.m. – Large/small group session
5:15 – Afternoon program ends
6:00 – Dinner
7:00 – Evening worship and music

Wednesday, April 26
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast buffet
8:15 – Opening remarks
8:30 – Morning worship
9:00 – Plenary 1
10:15 – Break
10:30 – Concurrent sessions 1
11:30 – Lunch
Noon – Plenary 2
1:15 p.m. – Concurrent sessions 2
2:15 – Break
2:30 – Plenary 3
3:45 – Closing comments

Registration is now closed. Thank you for your interest – please check back and join us in 2024.

2023 Retreat Details

Tues., April 25 – Wed., April 26

Hilton Garden Inn
Manhattan, KS

Great Plains Conference United Methodists

Register by April 11 for hotel availability.
Cancel by April 23 to avoid hotel charges.


How soon do I need to register? Register early to ensure your space. If needing a hotel room for Tuesday night, book by April 11.

We’re not in Healthy Congregations. Can I participate? The retreat is open to all Great Plains Conference United Methodists with interest in congregational and community health.

What is the cost? We provide meals and hotel room. Your only cost is getting to/from the event and any incidentals. HC teams may use existing grant funds to cover travel to/from Manhattan.


Presentation notes: Addressing Hunger in the Heartland

Mental Health First Aid Handout

Presentation notes: Healthy Congregations 101

Presentation notes: Exercises for Seniors with Candice McField

Presentation notes: KanCare Expansion and United Methodist Social Principles

Retreat in Review – Pictures!

© United Methodist Health Ministry Fund