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!
• $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
• 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 Retreat 2020 *Cancelled*
UPDATE March 12: due to the spread of novel coronavirus and increasing incidence of COVID-19, with the health of our participants foremost in mind we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 retreat. We have tentatively scheduled April 22-24, 2021 for next year's event. Please check back for further updates. --- 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. The retreat provides a wealth of information and tools you can take home and use right away. Mark your calendars and plan to join us next year for learning, fellowship, and sharing.
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. Pre-registration (below) is required. Please note registration deadlines listed below. Sessions with low registration may be cancelled, so please register early.
Live Virtual Training: Train from anywhere – using a computer with internet access and a speakerphone. The virtual training covers one course per session.
Face-to-Face Training: Each face-to-face training day includes all three courses – Health Ministry 101, Outcomes-Based Planning, and Program Evaluation & Using Data. The trainings are offered at regional sites throughout Great Plains. If you need overnight accommodations due to distance, please make your own arrangements with a local hotel (you may apply your HC grant funds to cover the cost). Breakfast and lunch provided.
2020 Training Dates
2020 Virtual training schedule (includes one course per session)
The spring training schedule has completed; please check back for additional 2020 training dates.