Make This Your Year To Connect

Health Ministries Association is an organization about people, about relationships. Our mission to equip health ministry leaders is essential to the future as the health ministries membership organization. HMA’s goal is to build groups of health ministry leaders who have purposeful, practical conversations about issues in health ministries.

I believe that mentorship through HMA has been fundamental to my health ministries practice. The mentor relationships I have built have been the teacher of concrete lessons, but I have also had many intangible lessons, crucial to being a servant leader. My mentors have helped me understand who I am as a leader, as well as looking at my strengths and weaknesses and how I can fill in the gaps. My mentors have helped equip me with the tools to be successful, and offered guidelines allowing me to find solutions through the experience and talent they brought to the table.

When HMA developed the Mentoring Program for Faith Community Nurses who practice independently, I felt we were providing a valuable resource. I also thought the structure of working on a one-to-one basis would help the mentees flourish, and they have.  But the reality is that the mentors have also flourished and been inspired in these relationships.  Both parties have discovered great things about themselves and found personal satisfaction through the process.

I enjoy each and every opportunity I have to be a mentor. It gives me an opportunity to discover great things about the mentee and empower them with ideas to serve in ways they never thought they could.   And you know, if you have mentored, it is an honor, and maybe an obligation to pay it forward. When you are passionate about what you do, you want to share your story. You can find time to teach, and you can always find time to learn.

I encourage each of you to take this opportunity as we embark on 2015 to take the time to send a note or make a call to your health ministry mentor to say thank you. Then I encourage you to get connected to someone who can use your experience, talent and time.  Many great mentorship relationships spring from two people connecting and reaching out. Sometimes it’s a less experienced individual seeking guidance, and sometimes it is a seasoned health minister who sees a spark in someone new to the practice.

Consider joining us in New Orleans for the 2015 conference.  This will be a great opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with many health ministry leaders. I am so excited about this conference. The hotel located adjacent to the French Quarter is contemporary and beautiful, conveniently near many New Orleans amenities. The speakers we have secured thus far are stellar and are providing relevant and current topics in health ministry. The conference planning committee is continuing to build upon the concepts our attendees enjoyed last year.

I know this conference will be both informative and relational, making it transcend beyond the event. We intend to help attendees make connections with others at the event, then continue to learn how to share beyond the conference.  So mark your calendars and plan on joining us at the 2015 HMA Conference. Let’s make this year a journey to health ministry connections in creative new ways. Don’t miss this moment in time, seize it!