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Congregational Champion Responsibilities
Attend Initial Planning Meeting with Coalition Representatives:
Gain understanding of the healthy eating and active living efforts in our congregations and communities (Model for Healthy Living).
Develop strategy for implementation within your local congregations (Sermon Starters).
Meet with Pastor/Leadership Team
Obtain signed corporate commitment form for congregation and staff.
Request representative at group meetings as needed
Create and/or identify your health ministry team. Ideally this team will span the age spec- turm and include a variety of members with specific gifts and talents. In developing your team, think about including health care workers, those who are detail oreinted, those with computer skills, those that have a creative gift. You will also want to consider including those currently serving on hospital vistiation teams, handyman ministries, meal ministries, and children’s workers. Your team should be a good representation of the body of your local congregation.
If a nurse in your congregation is willing to be a part of this team, consider sending her to the Foundations in Faith Community Nursing self study/retreat offered through USI (Partial Scholarships Available from the Welborn Baptist Foundation)
Discuss ideas, commitment, and establish an overall strategy (Health Ministry Coordinator is provided by Welborn Baptist Foundation to assist with planning and implementation).
Benchmark current activities (refer to Good, Better, Best Guide).
Develop SMART objectives and corresponding timelines.
Delineate roles among team members.
Identify resources to implement objectives (Health Ministry Coordinator from the Welborn Baptist Foundation can assist with resources. Up to $1000.00 can be granted for funding of a new health ministry program).
Survey the congregation utlizing the Model for Healthy Living Satisfaction Scale.
Hold an event to emphasize one focus area.
Encourage staff and congregation members to take the Million Hearts pledge.
Document success stories.
Draft one or more organization policies that reinforce objective(s), for example:
Implementation of lactation area in your church
Create and promote smoke free campus
Create a Wellness area for health and wellness information – Add healthy options to “Coffee hours”
Monitor implementation of proposed objectives (e.g. are meeting meals really healthy?).
Consider utilization of the E-Documentation provided by Welborn Baptist Foundation’s Health Ministry for ongoing evaluation of program.
Reinforce Model for Healthy Living in staff meetings and sermons through-out year.
Gather data from team members.
Post-test assessment utilizing the Model for Healthy Living Satisfaction Scale.
Provide feedback surveys.
Meet with Leadership Team to plan for next year.
Annual Leadership Meeting
Time required as necessary to implement internal activities