Health Ministry:

How congregations carry out our mission

For more than 33 years, the support and care of the faith community has blessed Church Health. The mission of Church Health, to “reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for body and spirit,” is often carried out through partnerships with congregations who develop health ministries in their respective communities.

The Church Health Faith Community Engagement staff is eager to help your congregation build a health ministry and connect with other faith communities who have been successful in engaging clergy, lay leaders and members. When planning a Church Health outreach project or building a health ministry, consider how other congregations have been successful in implementing meaningful, successful programs.

On Sunday, July 21, the Sunday before the second annual Church Health Giving Day, several Memphis congregations stepped forward as allies in health ministry. Their efforts serve as models to build strong bodies and spirits at any time of the year.

  • Host a Church Health Sunday.

    St. Luke Lutheran honored Church Health’s second annual Giving Day with a “Church Health Sunday” celebration. Giving Day Ambassador Cliff Bahlinger and his congregation advertised Giving Day on their church sign, promoted Church Health in the service bulletin, prayed for Church Health and even set up a table with Church Health resources and information in the lobby. Pastor Cliff gave a moving sermon and directed the liturgy and prayers to include lifting up Church Health and the health of our patients.

  • Invite Dr. Scott Morris to come speak.

    Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (The Blvd) hosted Dr. Morris and other key staff members for their Sunday morning service to celebrate Church Health Giving Day and our continued partnership with The Blvd. Besides prayers for Church Health’s success, the health of our patients and the wellness of our staff, The Blvd encouraged members to support the work of Church Health financially. Following the service, members asked staff questions, shared their own stories, and made contributions. Throughout the week, The Blvd actively promoted Church Health services and Giving Day online.

  • Invite Church Health to your Sunday school class.

    First Evangelical Church hosted a Church Health staff member to present at a senior Sunday school class. They learned about the mission of Church Health, our reach and impact in Memphis, and how to get involved as volunteers and donors.

  • Participate in intentional health ministry.

    Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ decided to complete a health assessment for their congregation. In partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Church Health, Greater Harvest surveyed members to determine where to focus their health ministry, gauge interest, and identify needs. In turn, they will receive tools to build a relevant and meaningful congregational health plan.

If your congregation is interested in furthering health ministry in Memphis in any of the ways listed above, or you have other ideas or suggestions, please contact Lauren Hales, Faith Community Relations Coordinator, at or (901) 701-2254.

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