The Lake Park Health ministry will be an intentional ministry focusing on both healing and health. We will seek to combine the ancient traditions of the Christian community and the knowledge and tools of modern health care.
The mission given to the followers of Christ was to preach, teach and heal. We all know that our churches have tended to focus on teaching and preaching but have neglected the mission to heal people. Thus we hope to start this ministry to bring health and healing to the Oakland community.
There are significant health and healing needs which we will address. We will bring together health professionals and lay people to work together to keep the community of Oakland well, to empower and educate, to advocate for health and to care for people in need.
The Lake Park UMC Health Ministry will reflect the needs, interests and resources of our community both within the church and in the greater community of Oakland. Lake Park Church will partner with community programs already in existence and we will share resources. We are currently in working with Faith Community UCC of Oakland and physicians at Kaiser Hospital Oakland to start this health ministry at Lake Park.
The Lake Park Health ministry will encourage whole-person health by focusing on these four goals:
- integration of body, mind and spirit
- increased self-knowledge
- personal responsibility