Reimagining Health Collaborative – The Church and Mental Health
Do you feel called to work for the health and wellness of your community? Does your church have health ministries in place, but long to do more? Does your church want to work with other congregations and organizations to develop theologically-based wellness programs in your community? The Reimagining Health Collaborative invites churches and Christian communities to engage more fully in God’s healing and restoring work through innovative and faithful practices of health and health care. This year’s cohort will focus on the church and mental health. Approximately 45% of Americans will develop some form of mental illness — especially depression, anxiety, and substance use. Suicide is a leading cause of death among adolescents and adults. Living with mental illness, particularly serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is filled with both challenges and opportunities. The church must be equipped and energized to respond faithfully. Your congregation is a great fit for RHC 2017: The Church and Mental Health if: · Your congregation feels called to learn from and to walk faithfully with persons with mental illness in your congregation and community. · Your congregation wants to explore and discover new models of ministry, and develop a lasting relationship with another organization within your community. · You believe God is at work healing and restoring the world in Jesus Christ, and want to participate in this healing work. To learn more, please see the program page. Applications must be submitted to DukeTMC@div.duke.edu by April 15th, 2017.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY: