Congregational Health Program
The Baptist Health System's Congregational Health Program is committed to forming partnerships with faith communities of various denominations who are seeking to develop health ministries that promote health and healing from a whole person perspective-body, mind and spirit.
People of faith have long felt that there is a connection between health and faith; religion and medicine. Scripture supports this relationship between health, healing, wholeness and faith. In addition, scientific research conducted in the arena of faith's role in health and healing demonstrates the connection.
The Congregational Health Program is committed to partnering with and empowering faith communities to embrace the issues that affect the lives of their congregations and communities through this program. See a list of our partnering congregations here.
Frequently asked questions:
1. How does it help my church?
- Reclaims the church's role in health, healing and wholeness.
- Teaches about the relationship between faith and health.
- Develops a ministry focused on whole person health-spiritual, physical and emotional.
- Supplies the church with tools to assess the needs and wants of the congregation in regard to health issues.
- Trains the Health Ministry team that is formed for the church.
- Creates an infrastructure of volunteers who utilize their gifts, talents, experiences, and/or professional expertise to minister to the congregation and greater community.
2. How do I apply to become a partner in the Congregational Health Program?
There are 2 forms that must be completed to partner in the program. A Congregational Health Worksheet that gives the Coordinator information that assists in training the Health Ministry Team that is formed and a Covenant Agreement. The Covenant Agreement specifically states what the church promises to do and what the Congregational Health Program will offer and supply to the church. When these two forms are completed and turned into the Coordinator the church is then partnered.
3. Does it cost the church any money?
The program is free to interested churches.
4. Does the size of the congregation matter?
The Congregational Health Program has churches that are from 30 members to 6,000 members. Any size church will be able to develop this ministry.
5. Do you have to have medically trained people within the church?
You do not have to have medically trained people to develop this ministry. Through the training offered to the ministry team, the connection to the medical community is explained.
If your church would like to become a partner in our congregational health program, please fill out the following forms and submit them to the address below:
For information regarding the Baptist Health System Congregational Health Program please contact:
Debbie Duke, RN, BSN
Congregational Health Program Coordinator
Baptist Health System
Ingalls Center of Pastoral Care