Thursday, January 04, 2007

Establishing a Health Ministry Program in the Small Church

Health Ministry in the Small Church: An Introduction Tele-seminar

Jointly sponsored by National Episcopal Health Ministries, The Episcopal Church Center Office of Congregational Development and The eMinistry Network.

Leaders: Jean Denton and Maryfran Crist

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Time: 8:00 pm Eastern (one-hour teleclass)

Cost: $12.00

Class size: Limited to 12

Class#: OMC-NEHM-100

To Register:

Health Ministry in a local congregation is an intentional ministry focusing on both healing and health, and combining the ancient traditions of the Christian community and the knowledge and tools of modern health care. This introductory class will have a focused presentation of information along with plenty of time for questions and answers.

Who should attend?

Anyone from a small congregation (average Sunday attendance of 70 or less) who is interested in learning about health ministries and how to incorporate health ministry as part of pastoral care and outreach in their congregation

What will you learn?

Understand the definition of health ministry
Learn the process for beginning a health ministry in your congregation
Understand how to implement and evaluate a health ministry
Identify resources available to you for beginning a health ministry

The presenters are the Rev. Jean Denton and Maryfran Crist.

The Rev. Jean Denton has been active in health ministry and parish nursing for fifteen years. Drawing on her background in medical-surgical nursing, community health, teaching, and administration, she began serving as the full-time Director of Health Ministries at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis in 1989. She co-chaired the national task force that incorporated Health Ministries Association, and served as its first vice president. Ordained to the Vocational Diaconate in 1992 and to the Priesthood in 2005, Jean served as the Director of National Episcopal Health Ministries for several years and is now Senior Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Indianapolis,. She has written the booklet An Episcopalian Answers Questions about Health Ministries and Parish Nursing, and the manual Steps to a Health Ministry in Your Episcopal Congregation. She helped develop and now teaches the health component of CREDO, the clergy wellness program of the Episcopal Church. She is the author of Good is the Flesh: Body, Soul and Christian Faith (Morehouse Publishing, 2005).

Maryfran Crist is Regional Representative for National Episcopal Health Ministries and a parish
nurse in rural Illinois. She has been a registered nurse for over 25 years and a parish nurse since 1994. Currently she balances her work between a rural health center in LaSalle County Illinois as a family nurse practitioner, an asthma educator and as a parish nurse for a cluster ministry of four small Episcopal churches. Maryfran has worked with multi-staff churches as well as very small churches and feels that health ministry is for all churches. She speaks throughout the Midwest as well as leading workshops from finding joy to dealing with grief. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her husband John, an Episcopal priest, is a clown (Marygold) and plays with eight grandsons.

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