Welcome to Miracle Temple's Health Ministry
The Department of Health Ministries currently provides the following functions for the church (as delineated from NAD):
- Serves as a resource for information and counsel on health and temperance affairs.
- Advises the church and its departments and agencies, in the development and administration of health and/or temperance policies and programs.
- Promotes a healthful lifestyle among church members through literature, programs, and Sabbath services.
- Provides through publications, services, and programs, an ongoing witness to the world concerning the physical, mental, and soul-destroying effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances.
- Sponsors and/or organizes societies to effectively involve church and non-church organizations in united endeavors to promote the non-use of tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful substances.
- Encourages involvement in the evangelistic thrust of the church by developing and using health and temperance programs and media that will gain the trust and confidence of people.
- Provides support of Seventh-day Adventist healthcare institutions, clinics, and health/temperance programs. This is done through memberships on boards, inspections, assistance in recruiting personnel, cooperation with community programs, and support for spiritual ministries including the work of chaplains.
- Maintains liaison with Seventh-day Adventist health professional organizations such as dentists, dietitians, nurses, optometrists, and physicians.
- Promotes and/or sponsors health and temperance seminars and workshops.
- Develops and/or catalogs resource material for health and temperance education and programs through the Church Resources Consortium.
- We are here to serve, educate, and empower you on your journey to achieving a successful and healthy lifestyle.
Mission and Goals
Mission for Adventist Health Ministries
History of Adventist Health Ministries
Joseph Bates, as early as 1827 began working for the cause of temperance. But the first united move to start a temperance program came in 1863 with the organization of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
In the April, 1877 issue of the Health Reformer, Ellen White penned the words, "True temperance teaches us to abstain entirely from that which is injurious, and to use judiciously only healthful and nutritious articles of food."
Shortly after that the church organized the American Health and Temperance Association, which later became the International Health and Temperance Association. In 1893 the SDA Medical Missionary and Benevolent Association was organized for over-all guidance of the denomination's medical work, including temperance, with J. H. Kellogg, M.D., as president.
Later, an attempt of the General Conference to bring this more or less independent body into closer denominational control resulted in the withdrawal of the association from its denominational connection. In 1905 the Medical Missionary Department (or council) of the General Conference was organized. The temperance work, however, continued to be conducted primarily by the American Temperance Society, and later by a separate Temperance Department.
The Medical Missionary Department name was changed to the Medical Department at the General Conference and, in the late sixties, the name was changed to Health Department. In 1980, when departments were being down-sized, it was voted to combine the departments of Health and Temperance. Then in 1996 the North American Division recommended that the name Health and Temperance Department be changed to Adventist Health Ministries Department.
The Organizational Structure of the SDA Church
NAD stands for the North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The United States, Canada, and Bermuda comprise the NAD territory. The following is the basic structure of the Seventh-day Adventist Church: A group of churches comprises a conference. The North American Division has 4,911 churches, 461 companies and 58 conferences. A group of conferences form a union. There are nine unions in the North American Division.
The local church health ministries leader is elected by the church nominating committee as is any other church officer. The health ministries leader is responsible to the church board (and is probably a member of that board). The health ministries leader works with the church pastor, the health ministries committee-if there is one, and the director of Health Ministries at the conference. The conference Health Ministry director is responsible to the conference president, and works with the directors of Health Ministries at the union and division levels.
Adventist health ministries is dedicated to promoting an integrated wellness lifestyle through modeling and through needs-based, scientifically supported, gospel-oriented materials. The aim is to raise health awareness and standards in all the communities of North America. The Division Health Ministries Director promotes the following goals:
Goal 1: To create geographic networks of Adventist churches for the purpose of: Certifying Lifestyle Consultants, Specialists, and Trainers, Sharing concepts for successful local ministries and Scheduling major wellness events
Goal 2: To publish the health ministries newsletter HealthWorks once every two months..
Goal 3: To schedule national Breathe Free, Regeneration, and other specialty training programs.
Goal 4: To inform Adventist churches of the growing incidence of AIDS within the church, and to educate members in prevention and loving responses to people affected by the virus.
Goal 5: To encourage the Adventist community, especially elementary, academy and college students, to adopt and maintain a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Goal 6: To conduct vegetarian congresses and to train a core of vegetarian instructors.
Goal 7: To use satellite links-Adventist Communication Network (ACN)-to train workers and to reach out to the public through such programs as HeartBeat.
Message from the Director:
As the new Director of Health Ministries at MT, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for completing the Directory forms last Sabbath! There are several opportunities to minister to our church and community. One of the first changes that I would like to see implemented here at MT is to provide the church body with helpful health hints in the form of "Health Nuggets" EACH Sabbath. The topics should be very relevant to a good majority of the congregation.
Disclaimer: The material in this website is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any illness, metabolic disorder, disease or health problem. Always consult your physician or health care provider before beginning any nutrition or exercise program. Use of the programs, advice, and information contained in this website is at the sole choice and risk of the reader.