Healthy Congregations Retreat *Postponed*

March 12 update: 2020 Retreat Postponed

Health Fund staff and directors have been closely monitoring the rapidly developing situation with the spread of novel coronavirus and increasing incidence of COVID-19.  With protecting the health of our participants foremost in mind, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Healthy Congregations Retreat (previously scheduled for April 23-25) to this fall.  We have been in communication with the Rock Springs venue and our presenters, and hope to have new dates for the event determined in the coming weeks.

We are sensitive to the impact cancellation of the April dates may have on teams seeking certification training for Healthy Congregations program grant renewal, and on those planning to participate in the special opportunities such as Good Neighbor Experiment and Strengthening Families Program training.  We are currently exploring alternative options and will update as information becomes available.

For participants who have already registered we will be reaching out directly, and your registration deposits will be returned/refunded.  If you have questions, please contact us at

Strengthening Families, Congregations, and Communities

All Kansas and Nebraska United Methodists are invited to come to the 2020 retreat and learn how local churches can lead work and build partnerships to strengthen our families, our congregations, and our communities.

The retreat is for all Great Plains United Methodists

You don’t have to be a Healthy Congregations team member to participate in the retreat. Held at scenic Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City, KS, the event is provided free of charge through United Methodist Health Ministry Fund sponsorship, but pre-registration is required.  A $25 deposit, which will be returned at check-in, secures your registration.

Healthy Congregations

Healthy Congregations is a United Methodist Health Ministry Fund initiative providing Great Plains UMC teams with training, resources, and annual grant funding to support effective congregational and community health ministry.

Key Benefits for Participants

  • Discover ways churches can advance health, healing, and wholeness in the congregation and local community
  • Learn from Healthy Congregations training courses
  • Enjoy fellowship with others sharing your passion for health ministry
  • Gain renewed personal energy in a scenic retreat setting

Who Should Participate?

The retreat is especially helpful for parish nurses, pastors, and laity involved in or wanting to start health and wellness ministries in their congregations – but is something that anyone with an interest in congregational and community health will enjoy.  Healthy Congregations teams will find the retreat a great place to complete training courses and network with peers.

The retreat covers spiritual, mental, physical, and social health with information you can take home and use in your own church and community. You’ll leave recharged, filled with new ideas and renewed inspiration.