Why Health Ministries?

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matt. 25:40)

Lots of people ask, “why should my church get involved in a health ministry?” Let’s take a look at rural health, which is especially appropriate for our diocese as most of the counties that are a part of the diocese are rural.

Rural health is characterized by “leasts.” Rural communities tend to have a disproportionately high number of least healthy, least wealthy, living in the least healthy communities, with the least support services and resources.*

This combination of “leasts” gives us a tremendous opportunity for mission, to live out our commitment to the Gospel by helping our neighbors and members of our own congregations. The opportunity may be as simple as a volunteering in a local free clinic, starting a screening program at your parish for diseases such as high blood pressure, or helping a member of your parish navigate the complex maze of health-related issues that come with caring for an elderly parent or spouse.

There is no shortage of needs in our diocese. Over the next few weeks we will be posting information on the various pages of the site so you can see how healthy your community is and where the ministry opportunities are. If you’re already participating in a health ministry, let us know what you are doing and how its working.

The harvest is indeed plenty are the laborers regrettably are few. Time to get started!

(The Rev.) Bob Polglase, MD, JD

*David M. Young. Rural Health Ministry-An Emerging Community of Practice. Available from here

 

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