About the Conference

This conference is a special ecumenical gathering designed to bring together congregational health ministry volunteers and staff, public health and health care professionals, and others to learn, network, and explore ways to partner and combine strengths for healthier people, congregations, neighborhoods and communities.

The conference will be held October 19, 2017 at Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina with an October 18 pre-conference offered.

The Wednesday pre-conference features training sessions on congregational health ministry basics, health ministry team development, and parish nursing topics.

The Thursday conference opens with a keynote by Gary Gunderson followed by seven workshops covering topics from health advocacy to faith-based community workers. The day concludes with a panel discussing the future of faith, health, and community. See full schedule here.

Rev. Dr. Gary GundersonKeynote speaker: Rev. Dr. Gary Gunderson, nationally-known thought leader in faith and health, is the author of Deeply Woven Roots, The Leading Causes of Life, and Religion and the Health of the Public. He holds positions at Wake Forest University as Professor of Faith and Health of the Public and as Professor of Public Health Science. Gunderson also serves as Vice President for FaithHealth at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Pre-registration is required. Registration fees are $10 for the pre-conference and $15 for the conference. A limited number of sponsored rate hotel accommodations are available for $50/double room. Participants are welcome and encouraged to coordinate and share the room with another participant if desired.

Please share this opportunity with friends and colleagues – both in the congregation and in other capacities such as health care and public health.

Nursing CEUs through Hutchinson Community College are pending; we will provide materials for other professionals to seek CE credits through their normal mechanisms.

The conference is organized and sponsored by United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a Kansas-based philanthropy established in 1986 to advance health, healing, and wholeness. An important component of the Health Fund’s work has included advocacy, support, and capacity-building for intentional, effective congregational and community health ministries.