Abundant Living is a hospital-supported, church-based wellness program designed to inform congregations throughout Easley and our surrounding communities about health issues and valuable services in our area.
The original goal—to educate individuals and congregations about health, wellness, and disease prevention in a holistic manner—is as inspiring today as it was when the program began in 1996.
Based on the popular Parish Nurse model, Abundant Living volunteers receive special training and then act as Congregational Health Promoters (CHP) in their respective churches. Currently there are 245 trained CHPs and wellness members carrying out the Abundant Living mission in 126 local churches.
The Abundant Living Mission
To enhance and improve the health status of the residents of Pickens County and surrounding areas by empowering individuals in knowledge of and access to community resources and agencies by:
- Enhancing awareness of the Abundant Living Program to the community.
- Enhance and sustain the Abundant Living Churches.
- Enhance the partnership with Baptist Easley Hospital and community resources.
- Increase the awareness of lifestyle risk factors for preventable diseases.
To register for classes/events call (864) 442-7791
Fall Retreat – Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Holiday Brunch – Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Congregational Health Promoter
A Congregational Health Promoter is a registered nurse or a lay person knowledgeable about the congregation’s theology and traditions and having an interest in helping others lead healthier lives. Working with the pastor and church staff, the CHP promotes physical, mental, and spiritual perspectives of health and healing.
This is accomplished in the following ways:
- The CHP seeks to bridge gaps in health education and delivery without duplicating other services.
- The CHP acts as a liaison for individuals, the community, and related institutions in providing health promotion and prevention services.
- A CHP functions as a facilitator/trainer of volunteers; a health educator; a health counselor; an integrator of faith and health; and a source of referral with community agencies.
CHPs visit shut-ins and hospital patients; provide blood pressure screenings; provide or organize health education workshops; and plan health fairs that are open to the community.
The CHP can be helpful in counseling others about when to see their doctor. But it’s important to know the CHP does not perform invasive procedures, dispense medicine, or diagnose conditions.
If you’re interested in serving as a CHP in your church, contact the Abundant Living office at 864.442.7791.
- South Carolina DHEC (services/statistics)
- National Institute of Health (general site)
- National Institute of Health (diabetes information)
- Becton-Dickinson Medical Supply Co. (diabetes information)
- Calorie King (counts on food fat, carbs, protein, calories, and calcium)
- South Carolina Faith Community Nurse Association
- Carolinas Health Ministry Partnership
The Abundant Living program serves three main groups—the church congregation, the pastor, and the community at large.
To the congregation:
- Age-specific wellness education
- Survey to assess the needs of the congregation
- Health promotion plan based on the survey
- Community agencies and resources information
- Individual information about health concerns
To the pastor:
- Referrals concerning health issues
- Visitation support
- Ministry assistance in relation to the whole person
To the community:
- Health education/training/screening partnerships with local agencies
Christy Porter, MSN, RN
Abundant Living Program Coordinator
Abundant Living RN