equip ourselves to serve Him more effectively, and
allow ourselves to redirect financial resources from treatment of preventable disease and injury to various forms of ministry.
Our desire is to promote Biblical wholeness through leadership, resources, and programs of excellence that will guide, educate and inspire, enabling people to fully invest their time, talent, energy and finances in building the Kingdom of God.
Health and fitness is not an end in itself, but serves a higher purpose: to help equip us to be fully expressive and better serve God across the entire spectrum of life areas:
Spiritual – our relationship with God; able to participate in the life of the Church
Relational – knowing, enjoying and serving the special people of our lives
Vocational – self-consistent expression of our talents, gifts and passions in the LORD’s service
Restorational – getting sufficient daily (sleep, “time out”), weekly (celebrating the Sabbath), yearly (vacation), and extended time for rest and restorative activity.
God can and sometimes does, heal through His supernatural powers; He also works through natural means. At times, a disease may be rooted in an unhealthy lifestyle, and may persist because an individual has not changed the lifestyle that brought about the condition. We can, at times, participate in our own healing through changes in attitude and lifestyle. Health professionals can be key instruments for healing, as well as use of supplements and nutritional programs as is evidenced in lives saved, and quality of life restored through these various interventions.
Position on nutrition
We advocate that people - especially those who are obese, and those who are high risk for, or who have been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes or cancer - move toward a richly diversified, whole foods, plant-based diet – including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils, beans and nuts. Moderate changes in the typical American diet have been found to be insufficient when it comes to reducing risk for, or for reversing, major disease. We believe that while we are called to take care of our bodies, there is no single “biblical” diet. We have a range of freedom in our selection of foods. The question is not whether a particular food is permitted, but whether it is wise to consume certain types of foods - especially with the frequency and in the large meal portions characteristic of our nation.
To bring Good News to the poor. To comfort the brokenhearted and proclaim that spiritual captives will be released and prisoners set free. Isaiah 61, Luke 4:18, 19
The Healthy Church Program was created to encourage and coach those who are tired and downcast and to bring health and vitality back to churches that desire to live in God's abundance.
We do this by helping churches raise the standard of healthy lifestyles and develop leaders who have a passion to make a difference in our churches and in the world.
We come from a variety of churches across America, having one thing in common; longing to see His Church fulfill its calling.
We love God and His people; desiring above all, to see the body of Christ living healthy and productive lives.
As Marketplace Christians we understand that our destiny is to 'seek first the Kingdom of God' and to provoke the Church to good works. We are dedicated to these things.
OUR INVITATION TO YOU
Will you join us as we…
DEVELOP leaders who have a passion to make a difference in the world?
IMPART a vision for health for the Church to catch hold of? EMPOWER leaders to be all that God has called them to be, body, soul and spirit? TEACH leaders to teach others?
Healthy Church Program Founder Bette James Laughrun, is an internationally recognized business leader.Over the last 15 years she has been actively involved in various international religious outreach programs, including her role as a U.S. Representative for the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem.Bette has a passion for the issues that churches face today. She has personally funded this initiative to bring improved physical health and financial strength to churches across the country.