Pre-Retreat Trainings

For 2018, we are offering two pre-retreat team training options – Healthy Congregations Core Training and Strengthening Families Program Training. If participating, please choose your desired training option on the registration form.

Healthy Congregations Certification Training

The certification courses fulfill team training requirements of the Healthy Congregations program for Great Plains United Methodist churches.  Healthy Congregations provides resources, access to expert help and advice, and $1,000 in annual funding support for your church’s health ministry work and provides access to additional special funding and program opportunities, including the Big Garden program, Summer Food Service Program, and Strengthening Families Program.

Certification through the three courses is a one-time requirement for team members – once you’re certified you don’t have to repeat the training (although many people choose to take refresher courses voluntarily).  The retreat is an excellent opportunity for new churches to join Healthy Congregations or for existing teams to complete the training or get new members up to speed quickly.  If you are able to participate from 1-9 p.m. Thursday at Rock Springs, you can complete all required courses and achieve certification in one day.

Health Ministry 101 (1-4 pm) includes Healthy Congregations program orientation and team-building in a church setting.  Identify local priority health needs, set goals, and develop a plan to help you make a positive impact in the lives of those in your church and community.

Outcomes-Based Planning (4-6 pm) introduces participants to the socio-ecological model and its use for planning – and provides worksheets instructions, examples, and assistance in developing outcomes-based plans for effective health ministries.

Program Evaluation and Using Data (7-9 pm) recognizes that Healthy Congregations teams work hard to improve the health and well-being of others. In any human effort, measuring how well we’re achieving progress toward our goals is critical to learning and adapting. This course covers evaluation methods, tools and questions; using evaluation templates; and techniques for analyzing and interpreting collected information.

Strengthening Families Program Training

United Methodist Health Ministry Fund is offering a special opportunity to start a church-based parent support program that works – and it works extremely well; far better than most other support programs.

The Strengthening Families Program has been around for more than 30 years and has been implemented in 38 countries with families of children ages 7-17. More recently, SFP has created an easy-to-implement version of the program: the SFP DVD Family Discussion Group Format. Team training at the 2018 Healthy Congregations Retreat is available at no charge through UMHMF sponsorship.

With SFP, interested church families, along with families from the community, come together once a week to watch the fun, inspirational DVD and practice easy, research-proven skills that help us have:

  • Happier, better-behaved kids
  • Happier family relationships
  • Happier marriages, and
  • Skills needed to keep our kids drug and alcohol free

Part 1 of the SFP training will be 1-9 p.m. on Thursday.  The training will continue on Friday from 1-4 p.m.