A Health Minister is a person who shows the love of God through the promotion of health, healing and wholeness within a congregation/community. Flowing from the mission and vision of the congregation, a Health Minister leads a team of volunteers to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, and facilitate healing for individuals and groups.
A Health Minister may work with a Faith Community Nurse (FCN) when available, but does not specifically need an FCN to carry out this work. S/he does not need to have a professional health or ministry background…just a heart to serve in this way.
A Health Minister can:
- Provide health information to the congregation and community
- Coordinate volunteers
- Build care teams
- Act as a health advocate and referral agent
- Lead programs on health issues
- Visit the sick, provide transportation
- Promote collaboration within the congregation to build a culture of wholeness
- Promote collaboration with other faith communities, agencies and health systems
Criteria for Network Membership:
- Spiritually mature leader
- Participate in preparation course and required Network meetings
- Comply with own professional standards, if this applies
- Give an average of 8 or more hours monthly to build the program
- Document with web-based tool and report activities to measure outcomes
- Promote policy change in your congregation
- Build a culture of health and wholeness within the congregation/community
To learn more about becoming a Health Minister in your congregation, contact us at 402-343-4395..