I have a desire to preach and teach as long as I’m here on earth. I must have full capacities of my body to do this while standing firm and strong. So, I’m watching what I eat and exercising at least three times a week.
“I post information about the topics people say are most important to them. I also leave brochures that promote prevention, management, and treatment of illnesses on a table in our lobby for members. We have also organized a health fair, said Covetrus, “Vee” O’Neal, a registered nurse and coordinator of the church wellness ministry. Pastor Crum is truly a servant leader and has a hands-on approach to service. Of course, we’re also available to assist families at funerals.”
“During my career as a health professional,” explains Sandra Millon-Underwood, PhD, a professor in the University of Wisconsin-College of Nursing, “I’ve learned there is infinite value in a nutritious healthy diet that provides the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals the body needs to function properly. Research confirms the benefits of a nutritious diet, heavy with fresh fruits and vegetables, include weight loss, reduction in cancer risk, management of illness, and disease prevention. There’s no better audience with whom to share this message than through a church wellness ministry with members who are open to positive new ideas and experiences.
Starting a Wellness Ministry
The purpose of a church wellness ministry is to share beneficial information with the church body,” said Senior Pastor Demetris Crum, of Second Baptist Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which celebrated 100 years of service in 2019. “To do what God has called us to do, we have to be both spiritually and physically able to do it. I think about how poor nutrition, over-eating, and other counter-productive habits hinder the physical body.
Linda J. Concroft