Bethesda United Methodist Church in Welcome, N.C., offers exercise classes twice a week to serve church members and others in the Welcome community. Bethesda is in the Lexington District of the Western North Carolina Conference, and Dennis Marshall is in his second year as pastor there.
This is a terrific example of the kind of program congregations are perfectly positioned to offer. The church is a familiar community setting, and one that’s much less intimidating than a gym or health club can be for many people. The newspaper story contains the detail that the classes are building on the "Jane Fonda-style" of aerobic workout, which gives a clue as to which generation is benefiting! (I certainly remember Jane's days as exercise guru.)
Hats off to Bethesda for offering this ministry. If you’ve heard of other health-oriented programs being offered by a church, please share them!
[Lexington Dispatch link via the National Association of Church Business Administrators (NACBA) .]
John James, M.A.
Research Analyst, Clergy Health Initiative