Hospital leader values congregations
Last week I sat down with Dr. Gary Gunderson in his office at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He is vice president of the Division of Faith and Health Ministries. He came to the hospital last summer to initiate a ministry that highlights the value of the local church and increases the possibility that hospital patients will enjoy better health when released from the hospital.
I was fascinated as I listened to him share supporting evidence for the high value of congregational support in health care. He also strongly underscored the great value of the Baptist State Convention of N.C. in building the kind of continuing partnership which will be essential for the network of care he envisions.
As you read the story, consider how your church can become a partner in this developing ministry of care and compassion. Be encouraged that the local church is not out of business. Dr. Gunderson's research should encourge and challenge us.
In our world, there is plenty of criticism recklessly hurled at the church, but there is a tremendous need for the local congregation. God established you on "this rock" (Matthew 16:18). I pray that your church fellowship will be strong in the power of God’s might as you fulfill His design and vision for your ministries.
On another subject, we have provided a special resource page on BRnow.org for the week of prayer for North American Missions. I hope you find it helpful.
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