NAD Health Ministries leaders
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- History, Mission and Organization
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It is God’s desire that each of us may have an abundant life (John 10:10), and that means abundance of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. These areas of our lives are all interconnected and cannot be neglected if we want to experience whole person health. Our God has lovingly given us divine principles to follow in order to achieve optimal health, and we are called to receive the many benefits of living by these principles. We believe our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and we must care for it intelligently so we can fully experience God’s presence and discern His will in our lives.
By adopting the most healthful lifestyle with adequate exercise, rest, and a healthy diet, by abstaining from things that harm our mind and body, by nurturing healthy interpersonal relationships, by maintaining a positive outlook and hopeful attitude, and by seeking to know God deeply and trusting in His leading of our lives, we can begin to experience an abundant life today while also making a positive impact in the lives of those around us.
Adventist Health Ministries mission is to encourage and enable Adventist church leaders and members not only to experience a healthful abundant life but also to share the divine principles for whole person health with individuals in their communities and a world in need. Our goal is that each church in North America may become a center for health and healing in which people may come to learn evidence based health information and find restoration for a hurting body, mind, or soul.
Adventist Health Ministries seeks to fulfill its role by providing resource support, leadership training, organizational development, representation, mentoring, event planning and professional support to Adventist churches and members. In addition, we seek to work in an integrative way with other Adventist Ministries and Adventist Health Institutions, as well to collaborate and partner with faith based organizations and other institutions in our efforts.
Mission for Adventist Health Ministries
Adventist Health Ministries mission is to demonstrate God’s love by promoting whole person health principles to Adventist church leaders, members and the community at large, assisting people from all ages, gender, and ethnicity in reaching their full potential for wholeness and a productive abundant life. Health Ministry is the gospel of Christ illustrated, the message of God practiced. Without it, the gospel witness is muted; it is merely a theory, and idea.
Our main aim is for each church in North America to become a center for health, healing and wholeness in the community where people may increase their health awareness, learn to incorporate standards for healthful living, and find restoration in Christ for a hurting body, mind, or soul.
The Department of Health Ministries:
- Serves as a resource for information and counsel on health and temperance affairs.
- Advises the church and its departments and agencies, in the development and administration of health and/or temperance policies and programs.
- Promotes a healthful lifestyle among church members through literature, programs, and Sabbath services.
- Provides through publications, services, and programs, an ongoing witness to the world concerning the physical, mental, and soul-destroying effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances.
- Sponsors and/or organizes societies to effectively involve church and non-church organizations in united endeavors to promote the non-use of tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances.
- Encourages involvement in the evangelistic thrust of the church by developing and using evidence based health programs and media that will educate and gain the trust and confidence of people.
- Provides support of Seventh-day Adventist healthcare institutions, clinics, and health/temperance programs. This is done through memberships on boards, inspections, assistance in recruiting personnel, cooperation with community programs, and support for spiritual ministries including the work of chaplains.
- Maintains liaison with Seventh-day Adventist health professional organizations such as dentists, dietitians, nurses, optometrists, and physicians.
- Promotes and/or sponsors health seminars and workshops, including an annual Health Summit in Orlando, FL, aimed at equipping health ministry leaders for service.
- Develops and/or catalogs resource material for health education and programs
- Provides training for health directors, lay health leaders, pastors, faith community nurses and other health professionals, on how to conduct a vibrant and comprehensive health ministry at the local church level, while building partnerships with other ministries, health institutions and organizations with similar goals.
NAD Health Summit
North American Division Health Summit offers a great array of seminars from fitness and lifestyle to mental and emotional health. The summit of courses is designed for health leaders and individuals wanting to share evidence-based wholistic health programs which will enable them to effectively present the life-changing elements for abundant living. If you want your congregation's health ministry to be relevant and able to address current health issues, you will want to attend.Prepare to receive inspiration and instruction from leaders in the faith and health movements. More information at www.NADHealthSummit.com
Health Ministries Official Training
NAD Health Ministries offers an official training curriculum for health ministries directors, lay health leaders, pastors, faith community nurses and other health professionals on how to conduct an effective health ministries at the local church called "Creating a Vibrant Health Ministry". This training is available at the Health Summit as well as at the local Conferences by request. Contact us for more info.
Faith Community Nursing
NAD Health Ministries offers training for Faith Community Nurses (Parish Nurses) every year at the Health Summit. We also have created an Adventist Association for Faith Community Nurses (AAFCN). To learn more about training dates or to join the AAFCN go to www.AdventistFCN.org
Adventist Recovery Ministries
NAD Health Ministries offers training for local churches on how to start an Adventist Recovery Ministries program. This training is offered at the Health Summit as well as at local Conferences by request. See www.AdventistRecovery.org for more information
Monthly Free WEBINARS
NAD Health Ministries holds monthly free webinars on different topics of interest for Health Ministries leaders, pastors, and health professionals. Check our calendar of events for upcoming webinars.