In our spring, 2011 edition of the HMA Today! we first brought you Rev. Karen MacDonald’s story about the collaborative Health Minister’s training held in October, 2010 in Arizona. At that time, fifteen people in Tucson and thirty people in Phoenix participated simultaneously through the adventure of video-conferencing. Evaluations of the program by the participants were overwhelmingly positive, with good ideas for enhancing it even further. One commented “I learned that our whole ministry team needs to take this training…”!

This July 28 and 29, an additional 60 persons participated in the second statewide basic training for Congregational Health Leadership in Arizona. Because of the success of the 2010 event and the enthusiasm of the participants, it was expanded to 3 sites this year including: Phoenix, Tucson and Gilbert, Arizona. Using teleconferencing it is possible to offer statewide training for more persons thus increasing the potential for Health Ministry networking and bonding across a state or region.

Our Arizona Faith Community Nursing and Health Ministry leadership now encourage anyone in our area participating on a health ministry committee to be trained in Congregational Health Leadership. The Arizona training curriculum integrates the newly published National Health Minister Guidelines, approved and endorsed by the Health Ministries Association 2011.

For further information on the Arizona curriculum, please contact Rev. Karen MacDonald at Interfaith Community Services: (520) 297-2738 x221 or email: kmacdonald@icstucson.org . To purchase a copy of the new Health Minister Guidelines please go to the resources section of the website.

Sharon Stanton, Past President