Healthy Congregations Retreat
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM to Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Rock Springs 4-H Center
1168 Highway K157
Junction City, KS 66441

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Jeff Gamber


Informative and practical, inspirational and refreshing – the Healthy Congregations Retreat is an opportunity to share a relaxing yet invigorating time with health ministry peers and experts in the natural beauty of Kansas’ Flint Hills.

The event, now in its 17th year, is an annual gathering of Great Plains United Methodists sharing a passion for health ministry. Featuring sessions on spiritual, mental/emotional, social and physical health from a whole-person perspective, the retreat provides ideas and resources for you to take home and use right away in your congregation and community. All Great Plains United Methodists are invited to participate.

Held Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, with two pre-retreat training options April 26, the retreat is organized by United Methodist Health Ministry Fund as part of its work to improve health, healing and wholeness across the Great Plains through partnerships with local United Methodist churches. Through Health Fund sponsorship, the retreat, including lodging and meals, is provided at no cost to participants. A $25 deposit finalizes your pre-registration (required) and is returned at check-in. Visit this website for full program details, schedule and registration.

2018 Retreat Highlights
Healthy Congregations team training – pre-retreat
Strengthening Families Program training – pre-retreat

Friday Keynote: Connected, but not connected: Social Isolation and Health Outcomes – Dr. Justin Moore
Humans are social creatures – to survive and thrive we need connection and companionship with others throughout life. Dr. Moore will speak about the health implications of loneliness and about growing social isolation against the backdrop of our hyper-connected world. He’ll also discuss potential interventions, both clinical and social, for persons who may be isolated and lonely.

Saturday Keynote: Why Neighbor? – Adam Barlow-Thompson
Most people intuitively know that being a good neighbor is a good idea. The Neighboring Movement, based out of south central Wichita, believes it is also a movement started by Jesus. During his keynote address, Barlow-Thompson will lay out the five reasons neighboring is an essential expression of what it means to be Christian. The argument for neighboring is wide and deep, and includes transformation of individuals, neighborhoods and faith communities.

2018 Retreat workshops topics include: Addiction and Opioids; Basic Neighboring Skills; Care Leaders; Core-Strengthening Exercise for Fall Prevention; Healthy Congregations Planning and Technical Assistance; Holy Yoga; More Than Pills and Scalpels; Navigating the Second Half of Life; Prayer Walking; Stop the Bleed; Stronger Together: Opportunities for Local Collaborations and Partnerships; and What Can We Do With a Rotisserie Chicken and Some Imagination?

Healthy Congregations is a long running initiative of United Methodist Health Ministry Fund to support intentional, effective congregational and community health ministry throughout the Great Plains Conference. The program offers $1,000 annual funding, team training, planning assistance and access to special grant opportunities.

The retreat is held at Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City, Kansas – register today.

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