The Center for Health
The Center for Health is a denominational focus on improving the health of active and retired clergy, and lay workers across The United Methodist Church. Our goal is to be a resource of helpful information that encourages healthy living.
The Dimensions of Health Resources List identifies organization, groups, individuals, and service providers who can assist individual in developing or improving their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial health.
Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School
Included on this website are a must-read article, a 10-week lectionary which can be used as a Bible study or sermon series on health and a link to The Connection, a blog which includes a steady source of health resources, tips and commentary on spiritual, mental, and physical health tailored to the needs of pastors.
A Holistic Approach to Wellness (pdf document)
The Clergy Health Initiative's research shows that efforts to improve clergy health must go beyond eating well and exercise to account for the influences of congregations and denominational polity.
What is wellness? An article by Donna Schaper, senior pastor of Judson Memorial Church in New York City.
“The more you know about your health, the better prepared you are to make informed healthcare decisions. At Methodist, we're committed to giving you the information and tools you need to take charge of your health.” This site has all kinds of information and tools to help you be involved in your own care. There are health quizzes for allergy, arthritis, diabeties, heart health, sleep disorders, etc,. there are health calculators for body mass index, calorie burners, ideal weight, nutritional needs, even a meditation room, etc,
This site includes a large number of articles, slide shows, recipes, multimedia presentations, etc. categorized under the following headings: Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Fitness, Weight Loss, Stress Management, Sexual Health, Consumer Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Recipes, etc.
Here are a few samples of those articles:
- 2012 Journal-Yearbook
- 2013 Annual Conference
- 2013 Annual Conference Session
- Board of Ordained Ministry
- Conference Archives
- Conference Leadership
- Disability Concerns
- IGRC Heritage Map
- Imagine No Malaria
(Advance Special #3021190)
- Lay Leadership
- Lay Servant Ministries
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Preachers' Aid Society and Benefit Fund
- Previous Years' Journal/Yearbooks
- Spiritual Formation
- United Media Resource Center
- United Methodist Foundation
- United Methodist Men
- United Methodist Women
- Vision and Mission
- Wellness Resources