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Healthy Congregations

Healthy Congregations strengthens a church’s emotional health, making all ministries more effective. When a church is healthy emotionally, all ministries work better.

The Healthy Congregations ministry helps churches keep Jesus Christ central to their life, mission and ministry, bringing an end to unhealthy church politics. It is the only ministry offered by any church dealing with a church’s emotions. Healthy Congregations transforms anxiety and tension into positive energy, preventing conflict and beginning the healing process.

Healthy Congregations Leadership Team

Team Members:
Skip Armistead –
Joe Bowers –
Melisa Derseweh –
De Hennessy –
Bob Niles –
Don Sensing –
Richard Wesley –

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How can our church have a Healthy Congregations training?

When: Each workshop is 4 to 4 1/2 hours long.  A Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon or beginning with worship on Sunday in conjunction with a church-wide covered-dish breakfast, lunch or supper works best.  A retreat setting or a series of eight Wednesday-night sessions may also be used. Click Healthy Congregation Workshop Arrangements for more information.

Who Leads: An experienced-trained facilitator in the Healthy Congregations ministry coaches the local church sessions.

Where: Local church or a retreat

Costs: Local church pays an honorarium of its choice to the facilitator coach.

Let’s Do It!

Send the Healthy Congregations Covenant Agreement to:

Skip Armistead
TNUMC Conference Center
304 S. Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 1
Nashville, TN 37211

The Six Healthy Congregations Ministry Workshops

Jesus Christ is central to the Healthy Congregations ministry!

Workshop 1: Healthy Congregations helps churches accept and deal with differences, disagreements and change in a healthy and productive way, while maintaining a focus on their strengths and mission.

Workshop 2: Healthy Congregations turn negative anxiety into positive energy, turn potential conflict into positive energy for growth and develop flexibility and creativity while managing any potential conflict.

Workshop 3: Healthy Congregations helps church leaders to sleep better at night. This training increases their ability to manage anxiety in themselves and in a congregation through how they function as leaders rather than through programs and techniques.  This includes developing leaders with immunity to processes that tear down the fabric of the church community.

Workshop 4: Healthy Congregations improve congregational care and strengthens relationships with members through healthy forgiveness, truth telling, connecting, graciousness, encouragement and care.

Workshop 5: Healthy Congregations help church members work with Christ to take control of their financial resources instead of money controlling them.

Workshop 6: The Spiritual Care of Healthy Congregations focuses on members’ spiritual holiness and health, hospitality and their “beginning again as a way of life.”

Additional Resources:

Pastor Bob Niles- “Healthy Congregations -Makes a Stronger Family” 

Pastor Bob Niles- “Healthy Congregations – Wish I Had This Training Sooner”

Pastor Bob Niles- “Healthy Congregations – Managing My Own Stress and Hot Buttons”

Pastor Bob Niles- “Healthy Congregations – Healing Church of Conflict” 

De Hennessy- “Healthy Congregations Improved My Marriage and My Health”

De Hennessy- “Healthy Congregations – From Conflict to Church Health”

De Hennessy- “Healthy Congregations Produces a Calming Effect- Turns Anxiety into Positive Energy”

De Hennessy- “Healthy Congregations Ministry Helps Me as a Person”

Judy Stevenson – “Great Value in Members Learning Together”

Judy Stevenson – “Members Learn How Their Past Affect Their Present Reactions”

Judy Stevenson – “Healthy Congregations Reduces Triangulation”

David Buchanan – “Jesus Christ Must Be First in a Healthy Congregation”

Lee Stevenson – “A Small Investment of Time Leads to a Healthier Congregation”

Lee Stevenson – “Being Calm in the Midst of Conflict and Confusion”

Lee Stevenson – “Healthy Congregations Transforms Motives of Church Members”

Lee Stevenson – “Churches Wish They Had Healthy Congregations Training Sooner”

Melisa Derseweh – “Healthy Congregations Facilitates a Non-Anxious Presence”

Melisa Derseweh – “From Reactivity to Authentic Conversation to Genuine Compassion”

Melisa Derseweh – “More Than Just Another Program”

Melisa Derseweh – “Healthier Meetings”

Melisa Derseweh – “From Talking About Each Other to Talking to Each Other”

Melisa Derseweh – “Really Helps Our Church”

Melisa Derseweh – “Healthy Congregations Helps Me Personally”

Melisa Derseweh – “Healthy Congregations Celebrates the Past, Present and Future”

Thad Collier – “Healthy Congregations Provides Healing”

Thad Collier – “A Continuous Growth Process”

Thad Collier – “Healthy Congregations Facilitates Healthy Conversations and Meetings”

Thad Collier – “Healthy Congregations Facilitates Spiritual Growth”

Thad Collier – “Healthy Congregations Enhances Growth, Strengthens Church Life”

John Arnold – “One Big Tangible Benefit of Healthy Congregations Training”

John Arnold – “Healthy Congregations Is Continuous Learning”

John Arnold – “Healthy Congregations Improves the Visioning Process”

John Collett – “Healthy Congregations Improves Ministry Without Extra Work”

John Collett – “Unlock Your Church’s Potential”

John Collett – “I Wish All Churches Had Healthy Congregations Training”

John Collett – “Healthy Congregations Is Foundational for All Other Ministries”

John Collett – “Healthy Congregations Comes Alive in Local Churches”