Tentative Schedule

Thursday, April 25 – Pre-Retreat Trainings

Track 1: Healthy Congregations Certification Training – Judy Johnston

1-4 p.m. – Health Ministry 101
4-6 p.m. – Outcomes-Based Planning
6-7 p.m. – Dinner
7-9 p.m. – Program Evaluation & Using Data

Track 2: Good Neighbor Experiment Training – Neighboring Movement Team

1-6 p.m. – Good Neighbor Experiment Training
6-7 p.m. – Dinner

Jesus said, “Love God with your whole heart, mind, and soul – and love your neighbor as yourself.” With the Good Neighbor Experiment (GNE) you can follow this commandment with intention. GNE includes 3 workshops, 24 weeks of small group curriculum, and individual church coaching with the Neighboring Movement team. Churches who participate are encouraged to send a leadership team to the workshops. Those leaders will receive an introduction to the materials and tips for facilitating the curriculum when they go back to their churches. The small group curriculum is great for small groups, Sunday School classes, and home groups. It includes a detailed facilitator guide and is used best as a coordinated effort across within a congregation. The first 12 weeks of the curriculum focuses on neighboring where you live, the last 12 weeks focuses on neighboring as a church. GNE is a tool for discipleship growth, outreach, and community development.

Friday, April 26 – Retreat Day One

Sessions in Heritage Hall unless otherwise noted

9:00 a.m. – Check-in opens

10:00 – Keynote -Health is More than What Happens in Your Doctor’s Office
Dr. Kate Kingery MPA
Deputy Director, Community Transformation, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Health is more than what happens in our doctor’s office; it’s about the places where we learn, live, work, and pray. For more than a decade, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, has shown that where we live matters to how well and how long we live. CHR&R focuses on the many factors that contribute to health in local communities across the country, including health behaviors, access to clinical care, social and economic conditions, and physical environments.

This session will show how CHR&R data, evidence, guidance, and stories can help us identify how to make our own communities a healthy place for everyone. Drawing on examples from communities, like Allen County, KS, we will talk about what it can mean when people work collectively to build to a Culture of Health. Together, we’ll explore how faith leaders can share a call to action and engage with others to create opportunities for everyone to live their healthiest lives.

Morning worship

Noon – Lunch, Williams Dining Hall

12:45 – 2:15 p.m.  Panel #1: Community Spotlight
Lisse Regehr, Thrive Allen County
Karen Braman, KS Hospital Association
Shelley Rich, Health ICT

2:15 Brief Break

2:30-3:30 Panel #2: Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors with Action and Advocacy
Joey Hentzler, Kansas Appleseed
Matt Freeman, Big Garden

3:30 Break

4:00 Breakout sessions – choose one

# 1: How Healthy is Your Community? – Kate Kingery
This hands on, interactive workshop will further explore the County Health Rankings snapshot in local counties. We will walk through key measures of health to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, as well as look at differences in health outcomes based on demographics. We will further look at the social and economic factors that contribute to differences in health and reflect on how to learn from and engage with residents in our own communities.

#2:  The Big Garden Program – Matt Freeman 

#3:  Expanded Opportunities for Healthy Congregation Teams – David Jordan, Katie Schoenhoff, Lisse Regehr
The Board of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has approved additional resources to support the work of the Healthy Congregations teams.  Learn about these new opportunities to expand your work to benefit the health of your congregation and community.

#4:  Holy Yoga to Inspire – Amy Bowers
Yoga is a mind-body-spiritual practice that can benefit most people regardless of physical ability.  Regular practice yields greater focus with increased breathing, flexibility, balance, strength and calmness. The history and benefits of yoga will be shared and participants will engage in a 30-minute gentle yoga session.  You are encouraged to bring a mat.

#5: Faces of Displacement: Let Their Voices be Heard – Dr. Debra Bolton
This interactive session takes participants along the routes of refugees and other immigrants who come to Kansas seeking education, safety, peace, and economic opportunities.  In a setting of interaction and self-reflection, those present will work toward understanding the joys and challenges faced by new neighbors as they adopt new homelands.  We will also learn about the conditions that brought them here.

6:00 p.m. Dinner, Williams Dining Hall

7:00 p.m. Friday Night Fun, Heritage Hall auditorium
Folk Music Sing-A-Long: Join the Neighboring Movement team for a folk music sing-a-long. Songbooks are provided. Bring an instrument if you want to play along, or just be ready to sing, or just come and enjoy the company while listening.

Saturday, April 27 – Retreat Day Two

Below sessions in Heritage Hall unless otherwise noted

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast, Williams Dining Hall

8:00 – Morning Worship

8:30 a.m. Panel # 3: How can a community respond to behavioral health concerns?  Kaley Conner, High Plains Mental Health Center
Matt and/or Adam, Neighboring Movement

9:30 – Break

9:45 – 10:45 – Breakout sessions – choose one

#6:  Offering Affordable Child Care in a Church – Starla Wells
On June 5th, 2017, Hutchinson’s Our Redeemer Lutheran Church opened the doors to Our Redeemer Early Learning Center (ELC) to meet a desperate need for developmentally appropriate, affordable, Christian Child Care.  Many groups cooperated with the financing and oversight of this venture and shared in our Congregation’s great dedication to make this ministry a reality.    Learn a brief story of our ups and downs and where we stand as our ELC soon turns 2 years of age!!

#7:  Shelley Rich

#8:  Introduction to the Neighboring Movement – Adam Barlow-Thompson, Matt Johnson
Learn effective practices and best principles of neighboring as a tool for community development. This workshop will be an overview and update about the work of the Neighboring Movement. Presenters will share how their work has evolved since last year’s Conference and introduce a neighboring toolkit created in partnership with the Health Fund and designed especially for Healthy Congregation Churches.

#9:  Pray as You Go – TBD
Join a structured prayer walk around the beautiful and restful grounds of Rock Springs Ranch.  We’ll gather at the front door of Heritage Hall for a spiritual experience in the natural beauty of God’s creation, weather permitting.

#10:   Advanced Planning – John Carney, Center for Practical Bioethics

11:00 – Saturday Plenary

12:15 – Closing Lunch, Williams Dining Hall