Healthy Congregations

Local churches play a major role in shaping each community's culture, values, and sense of place. Healthy Congregations engages Great Plains United Methodist churches in projects to improve spiritual, physical, social, and emotional health in their congregations and communities.

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

Program Signup Form:

Click here for full details and the signup form.

Healthy Congregations Annual Retreat

Join us for learning, fellowship, and fun in a refreshing, scenic venue. This year's theme, Building a Healthier Tomorrow Together, addresses how we can improve key health factors in the places where we live, learn, work, and pray. Focused on whole-person health (spiritual, mental, physical, social), the event is free and open to all Great Plains United Methodists interested in congregational and community health ministry. Featuring a new Good Neighbor Experiment opportunity, Healthy Congregations training courses, and a great lineup of speakers, the retreat provides a wealth of information and tools you can take home and use right away. Nursing and clergy CEUs available.

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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 – using a computer 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, April 25, 1-4 p.m. (Healthy Congregations Retreat) [register by 4-15-19]

Outcomes-Based Planning
*Thursday, April 25, 1-4 p.m. (Healthy Congregations Retreat) [register by 4-15-19]

Program Evaluation & Using Data
*Thursday, April 25, 1-4 p.m. (Healthy Congregations Retreat) [register by 4-15-19]

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