Healthy bodies, healthy churches
June 15 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Healthy bodies, healthy churches | Friday, June 15, 2001

Friday, June 15, 2001

Healthy bodies, healthy churches

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor I am embarrassingly healthy. My triglycerides and cholesterol levels are terrific, my blood pressure is low, and my resting pulse is in the 40's. There is a payoff for less weight and more exercise. After I experienced a little left-arm numbness when jogging, my family doctor put me on a treadmill to rule out potential heart problems. The idea is to stay on the thing as long as you can as it gets gradually faster and steeper. After twelve and a half minutes, I was puffing along with the incline up to about 18 degrees, and he said "Do you want to stop?"

I said, "I don't know, what do you think?"

He said, "I don't know, we've never had anybody stay on this long."

My heart is fine (though my joints could be another story).

For folks who are interested in improving their physical health, Lisa Huggins Oxendine, a good Baptist from Lumberton, has a new book that will encourage you. It's called Christian Fitness: an approach to mind, body and spirit (Christian Wellness Ministries, 2001), and it's worth reading. You can learn more or order the book by contacting Oxendine at her e-mail address:

Congregational and pastoral health are also important. That's why I was happy to see Dennis Hester's new book, Pastor, We Need to Talk! (His Way Publishing, 2001). Hester is a Baptist minister who lives in Shelby. He does intentional interim work, church consulting and directs "People Power Training," a program that teaches biblical based leadership and communication skills.

Hester knows that when conflict arises within a church, a lack of communication between the pastor and people is often a complicating factor, if not the heart of the problem. The book includes practical helps for both lay-people and pastors willing to work toward a healthy congregational environment in which pastor and people communicate well and work together in harmony. It is endorsed by a "Who's Who" of nationally known pastors, professors and church leadership consultants, and for good reason.

You can contact Dennis via e-mail at, or order the book from

Good reading, and good health!

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