Healthy Congregations

For many communities in Kansas – churches play a major role in shaping the town’s culture, values, and sense of place. Healthy Congregations exists to build spiritual, physical, social, and emotional health throughout our state.

What is Healthy Congregations?

The Healthy Congregations program provides training, resources, and financial support to Great Plains United Methodist churches committed to health ministry.

Join Healthy Congregations

Interested in joining a network of United Methodist Congregations who are making a difference in the health of their community? We’re here to help you get started!

Program benefits:
• $1,000 grant upon sign up (renewable each year)
• A state-wide network of congregations doing similar work
• Access to evidence-based programming to bring positive change to the health and wellness of your community and congregation
•Consultation from the staff at the Health Fund

Program requirements:

• Must be a Great Plains Conference United Methodist Congregation
•Teams need to have at least three participants
• Participation in trainings, conference calls, and programming. Completion of the Healthy Congregations Needs Assessment Tool

Healthy Congregations Annual Retreat

Join us at Rock Springs 4-H Center for learning, fellowship, and fun, April 25-27, 2019. This event is free and open to all Great Plains United Methodists with an interest in congregational and community health ministry, and features a variety of workshops covering the spiritual, mental, physical, and social components of health. The retreat also offers training courses for the Healthy Congregations program. Nursing and clergy CEUs offered.


Healthy Congregations Certification Training

Certification of at least three team members is required for renewal funding in the Healthy Congregations program. The training is open to all Great Plains United Methodists.

Live Virtual Training: Train from anywhere – you’ll just need a computer for the materials and a speakerphone. Pre-registration is required and registration closes one week prior to the training date. Sessions with low registration may be cancelled, so please register early.

Face-to-Face Training: Held at regional sites around Great Plains. If you need overnight accommodations due to driving distances, please make your own arrangements with a local hotel (you may apply your HC grant funds to cover the cost

2019 Training Dates (*Denotes Face-To-Face Trainings)

Health Ministry 101
Thursday, March 28, 6-9 p.m. (virtual) [register]
Tuesday, April 2, 6-9 p.m. (virtual) [register]
*Thursday, April 25, 1-4 p.m. (Healthy Congregations Retreat) [register]

Outcomes-Based Planning
Thursday, April 4, 6-8 p.m. (virtual) [register]
Tuesday, April 9, 6-8 p.m. (virtual) [register]
*Thursday, April 25, 1-4 p.m. (Healthy Congregations Retreat) [register]

Program Evaluation & Using Data
Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. (virtual) [register]
Thursday, April 16, 6-8 p.m. (virtual) [register]
*Thursday, April 25, 1-4 p.m. (Healthy Congregations Retreat) [register]

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