Timing Is Everything

“Patience is power.  Patience is not an absence of action, rather it is “timing”, and it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”- Fulton J. Sheen

We’ve heard the expressions, “Timing is everything” or, “The right place at the right time”.  Creating anything in life takes time, attention and energy.  It takes committed individuals with innovative ideas, working together to move those ideas into purposeful action.  That is exactly where the Health Ministries Association is today.  It has stayed the course over the last 25 years, growing into an organization who is leading the faith and health movement.

“Timing is everything”; this is HMA’s time and this organization is the future of faith and health.  I am so excited about this spring edition of HMA TODAY, and the information we have to share.  I am also very excited about the opportunity I have had to discuss with many of you about your health ministries programs, ideas for denominational activities and ANCC certification.  There is so much happening in health ministries nationwide, and the possibilities for the future are unlimited.

I recently had the opportunity to meet many members in person at the Westberg Symposium. Our HMA exhibit table was decked out with a fun Mardi gras theme, where we provided a photo contest for attendees to share with us.  Individuals who visited the HMA table had a great time participating in this activity. Be sure to check out the pictures on our Facebook page.  It was great to see such enthusiasm about our 2015 conference location.

Many Westberg Symposium attendees inquired about certification.  I was able to hear their excitement, listen to “approaches” to completing the portfolio certification process and encouraged everyone to complete the application process. I have had so many conversations with Faith Community Nurses with years of amazing experience in their nursing specialty. They just need to go to the ANCC website, open the application and “take a look”.  Nurses who have obtained certification have all said it was a very useful process and that they gained personal and professional insight into their practice.  Their reactions and excitement on hearing they had achieved certification have been wonderful.  “Timing is everything” and the time is NOW, for you to consider initiating your FCN certification.

HMA is asking all members notify the office when they achieve certification.  We want to recognize you for your accomplishments and have some exciting events planned for HMA members who achieve FCN certification! More information will be coming soon.  I want to share a personal “Shout Out” to Aly Breisch who successfully completed her FCN certification in April.  Aly is serving as the Chair for the 2015 HMA Conference.  Congratulations, Alyson Breisch, MSN, RN-BC!   I look forward to hearing from many of you about your certification achievements.

I am very excited about the rapidly approaching 2015 Health Ministries Association Conference.  Like many of you, I am looking forward to being in New Orleans.  It has been a pleasure to work with the local host committee, a seasoned group of health ministries leaders with a wealth of experience.  They understand the heart of health ministry, and want to share their knowledge and expertise with the conference attendees.

The 2015 conference will be continuing on the path of growth and development.  Attendees will be challenged to rise to the next level in their ministry.  This conference is designed to tell a story, from start to finish.  Our conference attendees will be on a journey.  There will be a lot of surprises and personal touches that will enhance your conference experience and allow you to become immersed in what the city of New Orleans has to offer.

“Timing is everything” and our conference title is relevant to what is happening now, in our nation. In listening to news reports of the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about the conference title: Journey to Wholeness: Response…Resilience…Rituals…Recovery. Resilience is a formidable part of the 2015 conference, and relevant to our health ministry practices. I have been appreciating how frequently life requires each of us to be resilient and the importance of this noun in our life’s journey. Resilience is defined by “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness”.  This is a gift, and one that is to be treasured.  It is a life skill many individuals need to learn, and it is acquired by hanging in and learning from those difficult times.  This is a character building skill, when we realize we have strength to accomplish something that we did not believe was possible.

Resilience is certainly an asset of our host city.  In the past decade, New Orleans and the many communities affected by Katrina have shown resiliency in many amazing ways.  Conference attendees will have many opportunities to gain applicable information that will be useful in their practices upon returning home.

For a truly immersive experience before the conference, check out the “Folgers Resilience Run/Walk” – Commemorating Katrina’s 10th Anniversary, being held on Saturday, August 29th.  Focused on the preservation and spirit of New Orleans, the Resilience 5K will welcome runners and walkers of all skill levels to celebrate the city on a significant date in history with all proceeds being donated to ten designated charities in New Orleans.  If you are arriving in New Orleans early to explore the city before the conference, this may be an activity for you to participate in.  This race will follow a course through a neighborhood in New Orleans that has shown great growth and exemplifies the determination the city’s residents have shown since Katrina. For additional information, or to register go to: http://runnotc.org/races/2015/resilience.shtml.  Join me at the starting line!

“Timing is everything” and now is also the time for HMA to use new tools for communication.  Our Social Media Committee is actively engaged in helping us to expand our social media network.  There will be many new and exciting elements of social media implemented throughout this year’s conference.  Check out more social media information in this edition and get connected with HMA in new ways.

“Timing is everything”.  Why not make this your time to grow on your own health ministries journey, to increase your professional role and build on your capacity for resilience in your life.

Peace, Marlene