HMA National Conference

As a health ministry organization, we want to acknowledge this difficult time and allow conference attendees to focus on staying well, serving others, then recovering from this crisis. With this in mind we have decided to plan the 2021 National Conference as Virtual.

The 2021 HMA Annual Conference will be held virtually over 3 weeks next October, with a session offered 2 days each week: October 5 and 7, 12 and 14, 19 and 21, 2021.  The planning committee is now working to secure speakers; stay tuned for more details!

Please note below the information was updated with plans to meet in person in 2021. The 2021 conference will now be held virtually, so look for updated information to come soon.

Conference Overview

Wisdom is seeing and understanding life as a whole. Wisdom is gained through experience, acquisition of knowledge and honing the ability to apply that knowledge with good judgement. When professions and communities share wisdom, this ideally results in a common vision. That common vision fosters the development of a unified voice. The ministry of creating healthier communities is an ongoing process in which we are continually growing in wisdom. Sharing that wisdom provides the inspiration, guidance and tools to encourage and sustain faith leaders, faith community nurses and lay health ministers in fostering body, mind and spirit health.

Conference Purpose

The purpose of this conference is to is to enable participants to foster a unified voice and work toward improving whole person care within our communities.

Conference Objectives

  • Provide a national forum for faith and health practitioners to gain wisdom with regard to innovative and creative methods of enhancing the health of congregations and communities.
  • Learn how physical and psychosocial challenges across the lifespan impact motivation, health seeking behavior and the ability of individuals to gain wisdom with regard to the integration of faith and health.
  • Explore how the qualities of forgiveness, compassion, resilience and acceptance contribute to the growth of spiritual wisdom and holistic health in communities.

Techny Towers Conference and
Retreat Center

You are invited to join us at Techny Towers 2001 Waukegan Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062. This is an historic retreat center on Chicagoland’s north shore. Techny provides an inviting and idyllic setting to convene for learning, reflecting and sharing. The peaceful environment is perfect for meditation, serene outdoor walks, group discussions and more, minus the busy distraction of technology. Bring a good book and a clear mind, and enjoy this beautiful place to reflect, renew and connect.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Frederick Buechner

Keep in mind that the Conference will be held at Techny Towers. But you have a choice of where to stay. Check out the Accommodations tab for details. And don’t forget to look at our Chicago Area Attractions page for ideas of what to see while in the Chicago area.

HMA Members Awards

We will still be presenting awards in 2020. Please submit your nomination for the 2020 HMA Members Awards. Take a look at the Member Awards page to see a full description.

2021 Conference Sponsorship

HMA invites you to showcase your company, program, or honor a colleague at our conference in Techny, IL through conference sponsorship. A variety of sponsor package opportunities are available. For more information click here to download the pdf

In the pdf you will find the levels of sponsorship, and a Sponsor Application and Commitment Form. You can also call or email the HMA office 937-395-2005
(toll free) 800-723-4291,

Your support enables HMA’s vision to be realized by assisting a network of faith and health professionals to develop health ministries that bring needed resources to communities throughout the country. Your sponsorship also highlights for conference attendees your organization’s commitment to building healthier communities through collaboration with groups and individuals engaging faith with health. All sponsors will be listed in the conference program and on the website.

Techny Towers Conference and Retreat Center
2001 Waukegan Rd, P.O. Box 176 Techny, Illinois, 60082

The Conference will be held at Techny Towers, but they have a limited amount of rooms available. If you wish to stay there during the conference book early!

For anyone who would prefer the amenities of a hotel, we have arranged with the Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Hotel for additional rooms at a discounted rate. If you would like to come a few days early, or stay a few days after, to experience the Chicago area, you can take advantage of the special rate. Go to our Chicago Area Attractions page to see some of the things you can do.

Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Hotel
1110 Willow Road Northbrook, Illinois 60062

The conference is September 26-28, 2021. But the hotel will extend our group rate for September 22- Oct 1, 2021. Take advantage of these extra days so that you can take in more of what the Chicago area has to offer.

Click here to book your 2021 group rate for Health Ministries Association.
Click here to see a closer look at the Sheraton location

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Conference Sponsors!

Would you like to see your logo here? Sponsorship information is available under the Sponsorship tab above!