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 Retreat, April 23-25, 2020

Save the date and join us for learning, fellowship, and fun in a refreshing, scenic venue. 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. This year's retreat features a Strengthening Families Program training, a second opportunity to participate in the Good Neighbor Experiment, the Healthy Congregations certification courses, and a great lineup of speakers. Mark your calendars and plan to join us at Rock Springs this April!

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.

Certification Training Descriptions

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 (register below)

2020 Face-to-Face training (includes all three required courses)
Thursday, April 23, 1 pm to 9 pm – Healthy Congregations Retreat, Rock Springs

2020 Virtual training schedule (includes one course per session)
Thursday, Feb. 20 – Health Ministry 101 6-9 pm (reg. closes 2/18)
Thursday, Feb. 27 – Outcomes-Based Planning 6-8 pm (reg. closes 2/25)
Thursday, March 5 – Evaluation & Using Data 6-8 pm (reg. closes 3/3)
Wednesday, March 11 – Evaluation & Using Data 6-8 pm (reg. closes 3/9)
Tuesday, March 24 – Health Ministry 101 6-9 pm (reg. closes 3/22)
Wednesday, March 25 – Outcomes-Based Planning 6-8 pm (reg. closes 3/23)
Thursday, March 26 – Evaluation & Using Data 6-8 pm (reg. closes 3/24)

HC Training Registration 2020

HC Training Registration Form

For best results, we encourage team members to train together when possible. To ensure credit is given and sessions have accurate counts (and sufficient numbers to avoid cancellation), we need a registration for each team member planning to participate, although it is fine for the team leader or another member to enter registrations on another's behalf.
Please ensure your email is correctly entered so we may send you the training materials and meeting information.

HC Training Registration - Session Selection

Please choose a face-to-face training date, or select virtual training sessions. Face-to-face trainings include all three courses in one day and are held at locations throughout the Conference. Virtual training sessions each include one course and may be done from anywhere with a computer and speakerphone.
Face to Face training (3 courses, one day)
Health Ministry 101 - Virtual
Outcomes-Based Planning - Virtual
Evaluation & Using Data - Virtual

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