Thursday, October 3, 2013

NEW! A Health Ministry by Lisa Fleetwood

Southeastern is starting a health ministry!  So what does a health ministry do, anyway?  A health ministry provides health promoting services that enhance the well-being of our congregation and people in our community through improving understanding of the mind, body, spirit connection.   Our ultimate goal is to help members improve their physical health so we can use our bodies to serve God. 

What are we doing first?  The first initiative of the health ministry was to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).  AED’s are used when someone collapses and their heart stops the flow of blood to their brain.  The treatment for this “cardiac arrest” is defibrillation.  Early defibrillation can mean the difference between life and death.  Our hope is that we will never need to use this equipment, but we have it if we need it!  Our new AED is located in the foyer.  If you are interested in learning more about how to use this equipment contact Lisa Fleetwood or Jim Brantly. 

So what’s next?  That depends on you!  The health ministry is looking for volunteers to use their health knowledge to help others.  Are you a medical professional who would not mind sharing tips, reviewing medications, teaching a seminar, or organizing a fitness group?  We need you!  Are you a personal trainer, coach or educator who has a passion for bringing out the best in others?  We need you!  Are you an avid health enthusiast who is willing to encourage and motivate?  We need you! 

So how do I “sign up?”  The first step is creating a database that outlines our strengths as a church body.  This database will be used to determine initiatives in the future.  Most correspondence will be done by email so there is no fear of committing to a time intensive ministry.  If interested, please email Lisa Fleetwood at and include your strengths and skills, contact information, and ideas for service.  If you are willing to serve on a health ministry committee that will periodically meet to discuss service and outreach for our church body, include that as well. 

Questions?  Contact Lisa Fleetwood or Jim Brantly.


  1. Lisa, I think this is a great idea, as you know. I'd like to volunteer my services, too. If people are interested, I could bring an insurance perspective to this. I was thinking, maybe, once or twice a month I could do something like an insurance review. People can bring me their plan information to look over, and I can analyze it for areas where it might be a little weak, or where it has a lot of strength. If everyone understands the details of their plan, they can use it to maximum benefit. That often means saving a significant amount of money over time, and getting services you might not have known were available to you. I can also answer questions that our members might have about things like Medicare/Medicaid, or assist in finding prescription drug plans.

  2. This could be a great service. I hope you can keep it centered on life and Godliness, and focusing on your bodies as temples. It can be easy to have our attention pulled away by good intentions. I wish the best for all of you.