Health is something healthy people usually take for granted. But when illness befalls, pain piques our awareness.
From early in life, I had a model of someone who cultivates personal health: my dad. Through rigorous diet and exercise, he maintains energy and advanced mobility. He puts in the work to be healthy. He recently contracted a mysterious illness that, under normal circumstances, could have laid him out completely. Because of his effort over the years to maintain his health, he was able to rebound quickly.
Like our physical bodies, Christ’s spiritual body — His church — requires effort to maintain and improve its health. When you’re part of a healthy church, it’s easy to take that health for granted, but if we want to stave off mysterious “illnesses” that may befall our churches, commitment to church health must remain a top priority. Don’t wait until calamity comes before you cultivate the health of your local church.
This issue of Light & Life Magazine [LLM] explores the ways the Free Methodist Church – USA works to maintain and improve health in its local churches. We hope you’ll gather ideas and inspiration that can help you answer the question: What is your church doing to cultivate health?
- Table of Contents
- [Feature]: The Sign and Signature of a Healthy Church
- [Foundation]: Taking the Church’s Biblical Pulse
- [History]: Health and Holiness
- [Action]: Living Water’s Healthy Relevance
- [News and Briefs]: FM to Equip for Excellence
- [World]: Canadian FMC Focuses on Health
- [Discipleship]: Safe Behavior