Since its inception the Adventist Church has promoted a philosophy of health and healing and the Conference has been promoting a healthy lifestyle for both church members and those in the wider community.
In recent years our lifestyle has been the subject of much scientific research. Over 200 scientific articles have been released from studies conducted on Adventists in different parts of the world. These findings have clearly demonstrated the health benefits of the Adventist lifestyle. They report less disease and longer life for Adventists than for comparable groups.Over 200 scientific articles have been released from studies conducted on Adventists in different parts of the world. These findings have clearly demonstrated the health benefits of the Adventist lifestyle.
Consequently we like to share our health message with our communities. This is part of the compassionate side of our church and is distinct from other programmes that the church runs which are of a distinctly religious nature.
As a church we believe that Health Initiatives are a positive way of responding to human suffering as every day we witness an increase in the number of deaths directly related to unhealthy lifestyles. Many of these premature deaths could be prevented, and quality of life increased if simple changes take place in people’s life habits.
Our initiatives fit in consistently with the Government‘s objectives for improving health and being part of the ‘big society’. For instance, the Government is becoming increasingly active in fighting risk factors of the most common causes of death such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes which are the most common causes of death in UK and the Health Ministries Department is targeting the same issues.
The North England Conference has initiated and organised several training Programmes for ministry and laity in health evangelism and through hard work and effort Health Ministries leaders are contributing to bringing a message of health and hope to their church and community by running some of the following programmes: Depression Recovery, Health Expos, Fitness for Life, Weight Management for Life, Breathe Free, CREATION Health, CHIP, Forgive to Live, Stress Management, Cooking Classes and Mental Health First Aid.
Various health needs abound in every community, and the church should awake and sense those needs, and take steps to address them, working after the manner of Jesus.
How did He do it? What method did He follow? “The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow me’” (The Ministry of Healing, p. 143).Mingle
- Contact community people.
- Network with other service organizations.
- Share helpful information – demonstrate unselfish interest.
- Evaluate the health status of the participants.
- Improve quality and quantity of life for members and public.
- Advertise a calendar of follow-up seminars.
- Build awareness of the church as a service organization.
- Long-term friendships develop spiritual interest.
Every church should be a training school and a Community Centre
Health education must be an active ministry in the local congregation. There should be schools of health, cooking schools, and classes in various lines of health evangelism.
Health sermons, health nuggets, health camps, health fairs, cooking classes, are all means and ways of preparing the church for health evangelism. Feel free to contact the Health Ministries Director of the Conference for available materials and for planning a training seminar for your church.
As the church undertakes its program of health education, there should be other related means to connect with the communities and to demonstrate the power of what we teach as the optimal way of healthful living.
Community health education centres (otherwise known as better living centres, wellness centres, health enhancement centres, or lifestyle centres), health foods and vegetarian restaurants are ideal for relating church-sponsored programs to community needs.