Congregational Wellness offers the Lay Health Advocate Program (LHAP) as a basic preparation course to train those wishing to start a wellness ministry or gain skills and knowledge to volunteer within an established ministry. The course is ideal for church members, community health advocates, ministry leaders and social workers who are not registered nurses. There are no educational prerequisites required.
Upon completion of LHAP, the participant will:
- Embrace the integration of faith and health as central to the wellness ministry leader role.
- Demonstrate the knowledge, attitude and skills to lead a wellness ministry.
- Value a peer system of support.
- Be able to identify a network for continuing development and support.
- Make a personal commitment to continued spiritual formation to more effectively perform the lay health advocate role.
Participants should come prepared to spend time:
- Reflecting on your calling as a lay health advocate.
- Sharing your faith with others.
- Praying, singing and rejoicing!
- Stretching your understanding of faith and community wellness.
- Enjoying a spiritual, retreat-like atmosphere.
The LHAP course takes place over six evenings, each session being three hours each. Please the link to see current training dates. Light meals are served before each class, and a participant-led prayer and devotion begins and ends each session.
Upon completion of this program, the participant should be able to:
- Provide access to wellness and preventive activities.
- Provide referrals to community services.
- Build faith community teams.
- Promote healthy lifestyles.
- What is a Wellness Ministry? Purpose, Parameters & Programs
- Who is a Wellness Ministry Leader? Leadership Roles & Strategies
- Congregational Assessment Strategies
- Neighborhood & Individual Assessment
- Building Faith Community Teams
- Implement, Evaluate & Report
- Nutrition: Food for Life
- Accessing Community Resources
- Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
- Spiritual Care & Prayer
- Spiritual Self Care
The commencement service is usually held in the evening, and the class will select one of its peers to issue a challenge to the graduating class. Class members will also offer input in developing a class vow as they commit themselves to this ministry.