There are two primary ways to do health or any evangelism, both useful and needed: Church Programs & Individual Outreach. Below is information on both, starting with the basics to getting a church program started.
First, talk to your Health Ministries Leader. Don’t have one in your church? Tell your Pastor and/or Church Board you are interested in doing outreach. It’s important to work as a team with your church. Second, list who you can include on your health team. Sit down with them and discuss what resources you might already have. Perhaps someone in the church has done a cooking school in the past or held at CHIP program once before.
“We have come to a time when every member of the church should take hold of medical missionary work… Teach the people that they can act as God’s helping hand, by co-operating with the Master Worker in restoring physical and spiritual health. This work bears the signature of Heaven, and will open doors for the entrance of other precious truths. There is room for all to labor who will take hold of this work intelligently.” ChS 135 More on what individuals can do below!
We highly encourage you to read The Ministry of Healing. As you read this amazing book, note what God puts emphasis on in regards to health, compassion, love, and service. Hmmm, you thought it would be diet, exercise, and water. Of course, those are vital for health too but they are really tools to express your compassion, love, and service because remember the point of health reform is to reach a lost and dying world not to just live longer.
Once you’ve decided on a program or programs and have built a team, which can be 2 people or 10 depending on the size of your church or the complexity of the program, schedule regular programs. To learn more about specific programs, click our “Resources & Programs” page for ideas and information.Keeping a regular schedule increases the effectiveness of your programs. People see the flyers, posters, etc. and each time the Holy Spirit can prick their conscience. There is a story of one family that heard the radio ads for a series every year in October and after 8 or 9 years they finally attended and were baptized! Do not give up. Be consistent, it is so important.
Most programs listed in the resources section are comprehensive and have marketing, setup, and organizational ideas. If you need more help with marketing such as building contacts, sharing your program, etc. Click here.
In addition to the great ready made programs your church can share with the community, there are also some simple ideas individuals can participate in.
Health Luncheons. Make a simple meal (if you are brave you can cook it right in front of your friends and neighbors). You can give a short health talk part way through the meal. Contact Angela Poch, who has done these programs in her community, if you need help and ideas to get started.
Visit friends/family who are sick or in the hospital and insist you help them. You can offer to clean their house or just show up with a meal! People don’t like to ask for help and will usually say no if you ask. So don’t. Just show up pail in hand and say “I’m here to wash your floor”. (Use your judgment. If the person has a very private nature they could be offended. So be careful how you do this. More on friendship evangelism here.
Hand out “Glow” or other tracts. The ABC carries many different health topics from several different sources like ‘Better Living’ and so on.
Do a DVD ministry. In your own home (or share) each week. Be sure to schedule this and have set viewing times (or pick up/drop off times) to keep things moving. You can start with friends or put up posters or other marketing. Some options for DVD ministry (Please NOTE the BC Conference does not necessarily endorse all information found on external links and programs):Forks Over Knives
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Darlene Blaney’s Food for Thought series (Can be purchased via Higher Path, who carries many other DVDs on health and cooking as well.)
There are many single videos on health and cooking. But there are also entire programs you can do via DVD. Native New Health – To learn more or order this DVD series go to www.nativenewhealth.ca
In His Image – A 9 part DVD course on biology from a creation perspective. Aimed for children, so it is really good for ‘families’, by Pastor Terry McComb. To learn more or order this DVD series go to www.GospelCreation.ca
Depression Recovery Program – Major depression is the most common mood disorder worldwide. In the Nedley Depression & Anxiety Recovery Program, Dr. Nedley helps participants develop an insightful and in-depth comprehension of their body’s physical, mental and spiritual functions. While this program is designed to be done by a church you can use it as a DVD ministry.
Vegan Vegetarian Cooking School – A DVD/Video series that covers everything you need to cook vegan, from very basics of cooking to making healthy meals. Videos available as FREE download for Health Ministry leaders (Contact Angela Poch) or you can purchase the DVDs via www.VeganVegetarianCookingSchool.com
Step Fast – Need practical help with health and fitness? Seeking optimal lifestyle based on science and inspiration? Want to easily share prevention and wellness principles with others? This dynamic 12-part video series features leading experts in preventive medicine, who will help you understand the relationship between lifestyle and disease. By engaging in simple, natural lifestyle habits, you can make a difference in the health you enjoy!
Weimar’s NEWSTART Global offers online resources where you can refer people you meet. NO WORK on your part!!! The NEWSTART® Lifestyle Club (an online club) is helping people and churches offer an abundance of free resources for web browsers seeking credible, scientifically based health information along with a physician directory, wellness tips and tools, deals, and more.
Visit us on Facebook to join the community of believers engaged in Health Ministries our page is open to anyone. We also have a closed group community for active SDA Health Ministries leaders and those desiring to get involved in health outreach. Click Here to request to join.