The lives we touch will experience wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.
We are dedicated to continuing the healing ministry of Jesus by empowering individuals to move toward improved health of their body, mind, and spirit through the promotion of health and wholeness within Episcopal Retirement communities, partnering congregations, and the communities they serve.
In 1998, Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) embarked on a mission to support and strengthen the connection between faith and health by developing the Parish Health Ministry Program (PHM). The program has since served more than 135 congregations to offer members health and wellness activities and services.
Using a holistic approach, PHM asks churches to renew their role in health care. ERS coordinators work closely with congregation members in the development or enhancement of the ministry for their church and/or community. Through the work of the ministry, many people have made conscious decisions to improve their overall health in such ways as timely follow-up with their physicians about health concerns, exercising regularly, and spending more time in meditation and prayer.
The movement reflects the healing ministry of Jesus, who promoted wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. It is based on the premise that health is not just the absence of disease, but rather the maximum attainable state of a person’s emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and vocational well-being.
Today, PHM has a relationship with 70 churches throughout Southern Ohio. It provides ongoing support services to partnering churches by assisting them in meeting the holistic needs of their church members and community. Supported solely through financial donations, PHM invests $2,661 per church to help improve the lives of their members. The services are available to congregations of all denominations, and PHM is committed to developing programs and providing educational opportunities which further provide leaders of the ministry with the tools needed to help members live well.