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Peer Groups: "Ministry as Community Property"

Pastors themselves report a high level of satisfaction with these groups. Moreover, there can be benefits to the congregation and in the clergy culture.

Robin Swift, Ed Moore, and the wellness advocates have just returned to Durham from Oak Island, N.C., the site of the last of our spring series of Spirited Life workshops.  Though putting on a road-show for the last three months has proven intense for our staff, we’re thrilled that the pastors have found these events to be the powerful introduction to Spirited Life that we hoped they’d be.  

One Step at a Time: Your Tips for a Healthier Church

Health isn’t something we can achieve solely on our own – it’s connected to the environment around us. What steps is your church taking to make your corner of the world a little healthier?

Health isn’t something we can achieve solely on our own – it’s connected to the environment around us. Having access to fresh foods (and being able to afford them!), being able to walk or jog safely without the risk of being hit by a speeding car -- these things all play into our overall sense of well-being.

There are definitely things that congregations can do to improve the health environment in and around the church. And we want to hear about them!

Raising heart rates, building Christian fellowship

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 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.

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Resources for Congregational Health Ministries

Below are a few resources for churches that are intentional about caring for the bodies of congregants and community members.

I'd like to return to a theme I've touched on before: that the local church is a great venue for health-promotion activities.

Below are a few resources for churches that are intentional about caring for the bodies of congregants and community members.  All of these program templates have some basic principles in common:

Healthful eating guidelines from USDA

The new issue is receiving a lot of praise for its simple, straightforward dietary recommendations.

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture updates its Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the newly issued iteration is receiving a lot of praise for its simple, straightforward recommendations. 

Among them:

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Leverage Points: The SPRC / PPRC

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is a pivotal thing in the life of a United Methodist pastor. The committee can be a stress reliever or a stress producer.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is a pivotal thing in the life of a United Methodist pastor.  PPRCs / SPRCs can be a source of real support to a pastor.  Or things can go off the rails at that point.  The committee can be a stress reliever or a stress producer.

Movers and shakers

Churches aiding Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity; an interview with Dr. Scott Morris.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama is leading "Let's Move," a national effort to combat childhood obesity.  The United Methodist Reporter tells how churches are aiding the cause. 

Among other faith-based efforts, the Amazing Pace program in the Mississippi Conference is making an impact. 

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Shaping the Health of the Community

"There's no other organization in all of the United States that could facilitate weight loss and exercise programs better than local church congregations..."

Pastor, what does your congregation do to demonstrate care for the physical health of your members?  Are your church buildings designated tobacco-free?  Are low-fat foods or unsweetened beverages even an option at church fellowship events?  Have you ever preached or taught on The Body as a Temple?   

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The Amazing Pace

The NCC Wellness Committee is introducing a pedometer-based walking program free to all NC Conference clergy members in 2011. Enrollment is also free to NC Conference and local church lay employees enrolled in the Conference Health Plan.

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