Health and Wellness Ministry
3 John 1:2 states “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers” (NASB)
The purpose of this ministry is to heighten the awareness of the church community regarding important health issues by providing wellness education, resource materials and services.
The Health and Wellness Ministry was featured on The Wellness Coalition (TWC) website. To read the original article entitled Health Ministries: The stories of three churches please click here.
Coordinated by Stephanie Nettles, the Health and Wellness Ministry at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (SMBC) focuses on a broad scope of health areas including:
General health awareness
Exercise and fitness classes
Stress reduction programs
As part of placing a general focus on nutrition for these past months, SMBC hosted a “Healthy Salads in a Jar” class in May to introduce creative yet healthy forms of meal prepping for the work week. Facilitated by Alyxandra Price, participants were guided through step-by-step directions to create their own salad jar. Each attendee also received colorful carrying bags full of nutrition information and handouts. SMBC also encouraged the youth group to follow a healthy eating regimen by hosting a “Tacos for Youth and Parents” day in May. The health ministry also promoted exercise and the importance of physical activity throughout their Vacation Bible School in June.
SMBC continues to supply tips and advice in creative ways using flyers and poster boards. As they wrap up programs for June, SMBC looks forward to future partnerships including the planning of Zumba and other fitness classes in July and August.
Partnering with faith-based organizations has had a positive impact on communities. Through strategic planning, each health ministry has offered a diverse number of programs catering to various chronic health conditions and age groups. The fruits of these programs are just taking shape, but with continuous partnerships and motivation, health ministries at churches can become a sustainable resource to battle health inequalities for a long time to come.