Division of Minority Health and Disparity Elimination
How to Start and Grow a Health Ministry
The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives offers many tools and resources for
health ministries. The tools listed below focus on starting a health ministry and growing it into a
ministry that will yield healthy practices that will last
What is a Health Ministry?
A health ministry is a recognized team of people
who sponsor regular educational events and experiences that promote well-being. The health team may also
provide opportunities for the congregation to have their health concerns
answered through surveys, holding regular health team meetings that are open to the
congregation, or a Suggestion Box displayed in a prominent place in a common area.
Whether you have a formal health ministry or
not, your congregation may already have activities that encourage a healthy
lifestyle. You may: educate your congregation on health through speakers, maintain a community garden, host an annual health fair; provide opportunities for physical activity, include health messages in your bulletin; have a faith community nurse; provide transportation to the doctor for your elderly members; or have literature posted in a common area on a health issue.
- C.U.R.E ( Contact - Understand - Relationships - Evaluate) Model
for building a health ministry
The C.U.R.E. Model for building a health ministry provides an
outline that is fully customizable to the needs of a
congregations health team. It provides a basic guide to building
your health minstry from the ground up.
To become a champ church
- 10 Tips for Building a Health Ministry
These ten tips are only suggestions for building a health ministry in your congregation. Please change these suggestions to fit what works for your congregation.
- Speakers Bureau
The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives can provide speakers on many topics for your congregation or group.
Faith Based Initiatives can provide speakers on the following topics:
If you need a speaker on one of these topics or if your interest is not listed, please call (615) 253-2211, and we will put you in touch with an individual who best suits your needs. Most speakers do not charge for their services.
- Walk and Talk Health Ministry Program
Walk and Talk program is a simple way to start a health ministry in your congregation
or organization. It’s inexpensive, requires very little equipment or preparation, and it can be done
both indoors and outdoors throughout the year.
Plus, it can be a great time for fellowship.
- Congregational Health Ministry Survey
This survey can be given to the congregation identify health
needs and interest of congregation members, introduce new
ideas, and discover additional resources for you
congregation's health ministry.
- Evaluation of Program
This survey was created to demonstrate how the health
ministries and programs have made a difference in the lives
of the faithful. It is a tool to measure small changes.