Christian Global Health
in Perspective

The purpose of the course is to prepare both those trained in the medical professions and laypeople about the importance of God's plan for health and healing. All believers can be fully engaged in caring and showing the love of Jesus to the vulnerable because health concerns everyone.

Christian Global Health in Perspective

Participants will review the biblical basis for health in missions, the history of healthcare mission, culture and worldview, and current and future global health strategies. This may result in a paradigm shift for some who view disease as a focus for healing, when from a biblical perspective, wholeness, and the concept of shalom form the basis for promoting health. Other concepts to be explored include kingdom, Gospel, redemption, community transformation, and servant leadership.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate important principles of biblical faith and their implications for Christian ministries of health and healing.
  2. Compare and contrast secular worldviews and biblical worldviews and the effects of secular worldviews on current practices of health and healing.
  3. Examine ways to effectively communicate the principles of health and healing to individuals, families, the church, and the world.
  4. Plan effective strategies for the church to promote health and healing.

Curriculum

  • Section 1 - Biblical

    1. Biblical Foundations
      • Shalom and Relationships from Creation into Eternity
      • Health as Restoration in Individuals and Community
      • The Triune God as Ultimate Healer
    2. The Fall, Disease, and Suffering
      • The Consequences of the Fall
      • Finding Meaning in Illness and Suffering
      • Jesus the Wounded Healer
      • Offering Hope and Compassionate Care
    3. Salvation, Healing, and Mission
      • Creation, God’s People, and Health
      • Jesus and the Ministry of Healing
      • The Mission of the Church
  • Section 2 - Historical

    1. Origins and Infancy
      • Healing in the Ministry of Jesus
      • Compassionate Care Becomes the Signature of Christian Healthcare
      • Emergence of Professional Healthcare and Nursing
    2. Medical Missions to Healthcare Mission
      • A New Dimension of Global Christian Healthcare
      • Advancements of Rational-Scientific Medicine
      • Means and Impact of Medical Missions
      • Medical Missions in the 20th Century
      • Christian Global Healthcare Missions in the 21st Century
  • Section 3 - Cultural

    1. Culture and It’s Impact on Worldview
      • Terms and Concepts
      • The Role of Worldview/Religion in Culture
    2. Healthcare and Culture
      • Cultural Factors Impacting Health
      • Cultural Influences on Healthcare Decision Making
      • Cultural Ways of Dealing with Disease, Suffering, and Death
      • Intersection of the Seen and the Unseen World and the Place of the Excluded
        Middle
      • Practical Ways to Gain Insight into Cultural Beliefs and Worldviews
  • Section 4 - Strategic

    1. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
      • Health Promotion
      • Faith as a Key to the Success of Primary Healthcare
      • Transformational Development and Community Health Evangelism/Education
      • Evidence as a Key to the Success of Primary Healthcare
    2. Churches, Hospitals, and Health Systems
      • Strategies and Models in Healthcare Mission
      • What is the Role of the Church in Healthcare?
      • Community-Based Health Interventions
      • Mission Hospitals to Indigenous, Christ-centered, Whole-Person Care
      • Health Systems – Transitions, Disease and Populations
    3. Leadership and Emerging Strategies
      • Leadership: Being a Person and a People of Influence
      • Cutting Edge Issues, Strategies and Priorities
      • Environmental and Planetary Health
      • Multiplication

This new course is a pilot training track featuring course authors and contributors from around the world (see here for more detail.)  The training track will involve weekly interactive Zoom sessions with medical and theological professionals, group interactions, plus weekly self-study.

After the initial introduction session of Week 1, for the next ten weeks, you will be asked to read the curriculum and follow the prompts for reading assignments and response questions within Slack alongside your cohorts. In the next Zoom session, you will listen to and then work together with these experts on the subject that you have just completed studying.

There will be two to three hours of reading and responding each week, alongside one hour+ for the Zoom meeting.

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Trainers

Dr Neil Thompson served with OMF as general surgeon at Manorom Christian Hospital in Central Thailand and followed by a decade of service as the OMF-US National Director, focusing on mobilization.  Over the past ten years Dr Thompson has been raising awareness and mobilizing for OMF medical work in East Asia.

Dr Mike Soderling, MD/MBA, spent ten years in private OB/GYN practice in the US before moving to Central America where he served for eleven years.  Dr Soderling is currently the Director of Health for All Nations which seeks to see people from every tribe, tongue and nation, experiencing the health/shalom of Jesus.

Dr Paul Hudson, MD, MPH, FACP, missionary physician and epidemiologist, served with SIM in Ethiopia, Nepal and Thailand over 30 years.  Areas of service include clinical medicine, community health, discipleship and the intersection of faith and practice.  Paul spent about half of his medical missionary career with SIM globally, developing gospel based approaches to HIV and AIDS, and coaching medical missionaries on three continents.

Upcoming training opportunities

Global cohort
(closed for applications)

8 September - 17 November 2021
Wednesdays
14:00 UTC+0

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