Ministry for Health Resources

A Sample of Resources Available from the Rhode Island Conference Minister of Congregational Health

-Peggy Matteson, PhD, RN, Commissioned Minister of Congregational Health

Below is a listing of some of the resources I have collected and would like to share with you. Don’t see a topic that meets your needs?  Just ask me, I have more. Contact me at

Group Facilitators and Speakers

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  • Experts from within our RI Conference

  • Experts available from other sources


Developing a Ministry of Health

  • Healing Bodies and Souls – A Practical Guide for Congregations – Hale & Koenig

  • Health, Healing and Wholeness – Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health – Chase-Ziolek

  • The Health Minister Role: Guidelines…. – Health Ministries Association

  • Retreat Designs and Medication Exercises - Farnham

  • Praying for the Dawn  – A resource book for the ministry of healing – Burgess & Galloway

  • The Healing Church – Evans

Support for those serving in a Ministry of Health

  • And God Cried, Too – A kid’s Book of Healing and Hope – Gellman

  • Call Me If You Need Anything … and Other Things Not to Say – Peterson

  • Called to Care – UCC

  • Care Notes and Prayer Notes, Talking with Your Child about … on a variety of topics.

  • Finding the Right Words – Offering Care and Comfort When You Don’t Know What to Say – Bockelman

  • Helping Children Grieve when Someone they Love Dies – Huntley

  • Knitting into the Ministry – Jorgensen & Izaed

  • Pilgrim Prayers for People Living with Cancer – Northey

  • When Your Grandparent Dies – A Child’s Guide for Good Grief – Ryan


  • The Art of Listening in a Healing Way – Willowgreen

  • Broken Vows – Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence – Faith Trust Institute

  • Celebrate What’s Right with the World – Jones

  • Compassion in Action – Being Effective in Emotionally Difficult Conversations – Fox

  • The Grit and Grace of Being a Caregiver – Maintaining Your Balance as You Care for Others – Willowgreen

  • No Place Like Hope – First and Goal / T2: Tammie Jean Returns / The Waiting Room / Stretch Out Your Hand - Nicole Johnson of Women of Faith Tour

  • Stepping into the Ring – When Will I Be Loved? /  What Am I Going to Wear / The Proverbs 31Woman / Stepping Into the Ring – Nicole Johnson Women of Faith Tour

  • Troubled Waters – Documentary from Faith Perspectives about sustainable fresh water for all. – UCC for National Council of Churches

  • Wings Like a Dove – Healing for the Abused Christian Woman - Faith Trust Institute

Group or Individual Studies

  • The Way of Forgiveness – Thompson

  • Spirit Gifts – Brown

  • Addicted to Hurry – Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down – Jones

  • God Knows Caregiving Can Pull You Apart – Thompson

  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Weaver

  • Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death – Johnson

  • When Suffering Comes - A Study of Job – Kalas

  • Kneeling in the End Zone – Tinley

  • Laughing in the dark – A Comedian’s Journey though Depression – Chonda Pierce


  • Walking in the Way – A Walking Program for Wholeperson Health – Sailors

  • The Healing Presence – Spiritual Exercises for Healing, Wellness and Recovery – Droege

  • Living Better – Every Patient’s Guide to Living with Illness – Langenfeld

  • Listening Hearts –  Farnham, Gill, McLean & Ward

Program Resources from the UCC

  • Women of Wisdom

  • Healing Journeys

  • An Hour with the Queen – Lessons on Forgiveness and Grace – Kaleialoha & Hiwahiwa

  • Above and Beyond: Hearing God’s Call in Jonah and Ruth - Bechtel

  • Voices of Vision

  • Times of Change, Times of Hope