Bryan hosts minstry-healthcare summit
January 11, 2006

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clergy 7 sm_1.jpgA desire for fellowship, worship and professional development brought nearly a quarter of Rhea County area ministers, with a number from surrounding areas, to Bryan College for a ministry and healthcare summit on Jan. 7.

Since many rural counties are served by bi-vocational pastors, creative learning opportunities such as this Saturday seminar, have become necessary tools in fulfilling continuing educational needs.

Pastor Glenn Moseley, vice president of the Dayton Ministerial Association and coordinator for the summit, said the program was designed to bring area clergy together to discuss how ministers and health care professionals can better work together to address patient needs. “We face new realities in society and law today,” he said. “We need to be able to come to terms with that.”

In addition, the program gave clergy an opportunity to get to know each other. “There is a big turnover in ministries, so we need to come together regularly throughout the county,” he said.

One benefit of the summit was to establish a link between the Rhea County ministerial associations and Credentialed Clergy of Greater Chattanooga, an organization that assists ministers with access to serve their parishioners in Tennessee Valley area health care facilities.

After a worship and fellowship time, speakers presented workshops on federal privacy regulations, ethics, advanced directives such as living wills, and “practicing and preaching our way to better health,” a discussion of how ministers can partner with health care professionals to build healthier congregations.

Pastor Moseley said he hopes the summit will be the first of a regular series of gatherings for area clergy to build fellowship and provide quality educational programs throughout the county.