Healthy Congregations

About 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.

Cancelled: 2021 Retreat / Intersections

Update 8-25-2021: Due to rapidly increasing community spread of COVID-19, with protection of participant and community health foremost in mind, Health Fund directors and staff have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Healthy Congregations Retreat / Intersections of Faith and Health Conference previously scheduled for November 12-13 in Salina. We are exploring possible dates for a 2022 event; please check back.


Healthy Congregations Certification Training

Certification training 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. Starting February 2021, certification training is done via a self-paced online format:

  1. View the first video module, Healthy Congregations Program, online (available below)
  2. Initial check-in (less than 30 minutes) during any Virtual Office Hours session with Judy Johnston
  3. View 3 more videos and complete online exercises at your own pace
  4. Certification check-in (less than 30 minutes) during any Virtual Office Hours session with Judy Johnston
  5. Receive certification credit and a certificate of completion

To get started, log in to the Healthy Congregations training platform at View the first video (also available below), then join Judy during Virtual Office Hours to learn more and go over next steps. We hope the new training format will save you time and allow for additional members to participate on your team due to increased scheduling flexibility.

To get started with Healthy Congregations training, view this video then join a Virtual Office Hours session with Judy Johnston. No appointment necessary.

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