What is Health Ministry?
Health ministry is a ministry within a church, mosque, synagogue or other faith community that addresses the issues of health and wellness, healing and wholeness. It does this in a holistic way by calling upon an individual’s spiritual and faith resources as well as medical and physical resources. Health ministry brings all of the caring ministries of the medical and faith community together under one umbrella.
SIH’s Health Ministry program was established as a resource for congregations of all faiths, but not as a director of them. The health ministry of each faith community is unique to that congregation depending on their needs, the gifts of their members, and how they are led to develop the ministry.
Our Mission Statement
The Health Ministry program is administered through the Community Benefits Department of SIH. It works with area faith communities to promote health, wellness and compassionate, holistic care that addresses physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.
The Health Cabinet
The heart of the health ministry is the congregational health cabinet – individuals from the faith community who are committed to the concept of a holistic ministry of health and wellness. The health cabinet is composed of professionals as well as lay people who give guidance, direction and support. The parish/faith community nurse plays a pivotal role as a member of this group.
Faith Community Nursing
Faith Community Nursing is a ministry within the faith community that works with the pastor as part of the church staff and a health cabinet of other caring members to fulfill the healing mission of the church as a health counselor, educator, advocate and interpreter of the relationship between faith and health.
Spiritual Homebound Visitor Program
The Spiritual Homebound Program trains volunteers to address the special needs of the sick and homebound members of their faith community with confidence and sensitivity. It also addresses a volunteer’s own communication skills and stress management techniques.
Spiritual Homebound volunteers must be willing to give spiritual and emotional support to assigned members of their congregation at the direction of the pastor or designated leader. Training consists of an initial one-day seminar, followed by quarterly continuing education programs.
For more information and details about the next training session, contact Jo Sanders, RN, BSN, Health Ministry Coordinator, 618-457-5200, extension 67830.