Now in its third year, this conference is designed for pastors and others involved in various aspects of health ministry in the African American church and community.
Here are five reasons you should attend:
1. You’ll learn a lot.
The conference will host workshops on a variety of health-related topics – from managing diabetes to learning CPR under the instruction of American Red Cross. There will even be a session on sexual health.
2. Advice from experts
Whether your church has an established health ministry or is just starting out, Healthy Churches 2020 has invited speakers who can help you build or improve your church’s health outreach.
3. Mental Health Sessions
According to the Centers for Disease Control, African Americans are 10 percent more likely to report having serious psychological distress than their white counterparts. Some researchers trace this problem to the affects of racism, poverty and social injustice. At this year’s conference, gospel music legend Richard Smallwood will talk about his journey through depression and discuss mental illness in the Black Church. Dr. Khaalida T. Forbes will join the discussion by addressing depression, violence and overall mental health.
4. A special session for pastors.
Bishop Horace E. Smith, M.D., senior pastor at Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago and assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, will lead a pastors-only discussion titled “And God Made Man: God’s Miraculous Design of the Human Body.” This session will focus on how to lead a congregation in health.
5. Lots of praise and devotion.
Each morning, attendees can rev up their bodies to gospel fitness or yoga, followed by praise & worship. Then, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Sr., retired senior pastor of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church in Jacksonville, Fla., and Bishop Teresa Snorton, the first female bishop of the CME Church, will lead a daily devotional service. Bishop Darin Moore, a presiding prelate in the AME Zion Church, will be the closing preacher. He will be joined by special musical guest Charles Jenkins.