Health ministry in a local congregation is an intentional ministry focusing on both healing and health, combining the ancient traditions of the Christian community and the knowledge and tools of modern health care.
The ministry addresses the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit. It is a living witness of the healing activity of God through the local congregation. It encourages whole-person health through:
- integration of mind ,body and spirit
- increase of self-knowledge
- personal responsibility
- interdependence among God's people.
Health ministry looks different from congregation to congregation, reflecting the needs, interest and resources of the faith community.
It does not replicate services that already exist in the community, but rather works with community partners and resources. The local congregation is a place where professionals and lay people can work together to keep people well, empower and educate, to advocate for health and to care for people in need. According to Jeremiah 30: 17, "For I will restore health to you and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord...".