A value-driven ministry
The key values that drive forward the NEC Health and Possibility Ministries are:
Scriptural Foundation – Evidence-based Medicine – Quality – Integrity – Respect – Inclusivity – Kindness – Outreach
A holistic ministry
Health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Undoubtedly, this holistic understanding of health originates from Scripture:
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, just as you are progressing spiritually” (3. John 1:2).
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52).
In this context, NEC Health and Possibility Ministries aims to provide education, resources and activities which reflect a holistic approach to one’s well-being. Accordingly, all education programmes contain elements of social engagement and mental health. All programmes follow the biblical principle, promoting the fruits of the Spirit – “… love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
An inclusive ministry
NEC Health and Possibility Ministries has a special duty of care towards people with health conditions or impairments. Empowerment and inclusivity are top priorities in this respect. We seek to make every church building accessible to people with disabilities thereby providing the knowledge, tools and needed provisions. The Bible prompts us to imitate God’s love. Therefore, various avenues and initiatives shall be applied so that the life quality of those we serve but happened to have various disabilities may improve in a tangible and significant way.
A fundamental ministry
The work of healthcare and healing has been central to Adventist belief since the beginning of the Advent movement. Based on biblical principle, health ministry emphasises the prevention of disease and relief of suffering through simple lifestyle habits that correspond with the way God created us to live, and at the same time acknowledge the effectiveness of evidence-based therapy when disease has already occurred.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has certainly been among the first Christian denominations to promote a healthy diet, abstinence from nicotine, alcohol and other drugs, as well as exercise. In this respect, the church has successfully developed and implemented health education programmes across the globe.
A progressive ministry
E.G. White, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, wrote: “The health reform is an important part of the third angel's message; and as a people professing this reform, we should not retrograde, but make continual advancement.”—Counsels on Health, p. 49.
The numerous church-owned institutions, hospitals and universities are continuously and rigorously improving their service and teaching curricula, while remaining among the leaders of healthcare and health education, thus adhering to high quality standards and excellence.
In this context, health ministry is a dynamic, vibrant and exciting work, with health education programmes advancing hand in hand with scientific advancements and evidence-based medicine.
A hands-on ministry
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North England is blessed to have a high number of health professionals in its membership. Many of them engage meaningfully in their communities with their peers as well as volunteer and serve the public at large. The NEC Health and Possibility Ministries cherishes good cooperation and partnership with our Adventist health professionals as well as with local health experts and institutions, NHS and Public Health England. Unequivocal support for government public health guidelines are the basis for all health education programmes.