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 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.
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. Pre-registration (below) is required and registration closes one week prior to the training date. 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.
2019 Training Dates (register below)
2019 Face-to-Face training
Saturday, October 26, 9 am to 5 pm – West Heights UMC, Wichita, KS
Saturday, November 2, 9 am to 5 pm – Worden UMC (near Baldwin City, KS)
Saturday, November 9, 9 am to 5 pm – Hastings First UMC, Hastings, NE
2019 Virtual training – Health Ministry 101
Tuesday, September 17, 6-9 pm
Wednesday, October 16, 6-9 pm
2019 Virtual training – Outcomes-Based Planning
Tuesday, October 8, 6-8 pm
Wednesday, October 23, 6-8 pm
2019 Virtual training – Program Evaluation & Using Data
Wednesday, October 30, 6-8 pm
Tuesday, November 12, 6-8 pm