Responsibilities and Qualifications
A congregational health minister may make home visits, listen and help find community resources to aid in recovery. The congregational health ministry team links those with needs to a network of caring individuals within the congregation and beyond. In addition, the team works to increase the care-giving potential of the congregation itself.
Congregational health ministers come from a variety of backgrounds and share their experiences in many ways. Mark is a social worker and coach. Sarah teaches junior high health classes. Helen is a wife, mother, grandmother, registered nurse and parish nurse. All three individuals serve on congregational health ministry teams in local congregations.
Sarah writes articles and conducts classes on health and nutrition topics. Helen spends about four hours each week as the parish nurse for the congregation. She makes herself available to members who seek her expertise and advice regarding health care issues. Mark works with youth, promoting healthy lifestyles and making good choices.
What talents could you bring to a congregational health ministry team?