New Christian Health Ministry Connects Spiritual and Physical Well-Being

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Living Abundantly Ministries today announced a grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries to finalize its first church small group program that makes the connection between our spiritual and physical health.

Supported by a grant from Wheat Ridge Ministries, new Christian health ministry Living Abundantly Ministries will launch its "Come Alive!" program in 2013. The program is being developed under the leadership of Executive Director Angela Stephenson and Cherry Street Innovation, an organization that creates new approaches to improve America’s health.

“Our lives are multi-dimensional and that makes lasting behavior change hard to achieve,” said Ms. Stephenson, “that’s why our interactive Christ-centered program starts with one’s relationship with God and addresses the inter-relationship between the health of our spirit, body, mind and community.”

“We believe that the fellowship found in church small groups is the ideal setting to address our nation's crisis of imbalance, overweight & chronic disease,” said Keith Wakeman, President of Cherry Street Innovation. “And, with over 300,000 churches in America, a familiar small group approach has the potential to impact large numbers of people, including many who would otherwise be unreached.”

“Wheat Ridge Ministries is excited to support this important ministry,” said Brian Becker, Vice President for Ministry Programs. “They’re a great fit with our focus of seeding sustainable ministries that help people around the world experience wellness of body, mind and spirit made possible in Christ.”

Living Abundantly Ministries is a Christian health ministry that creates small group programs that are ecumenical and evidence-based. A successful study of its church-based approach has been published in the Center for Disease Control’s Preventing Chronic Disease Journal.

About Living Abundantly Ministries
Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Living Abundantly Ministries is a non-profit Christian ministry that develops church small group programs that make the connection between the health of our spirit, body, mind and community. Learn more at

About Wheat Ridge Ministries
Wheat Ridge Ministries provides start-up funding and resources to inspired leaders in congregations and nonprofit organizations beginning new and innovative human care initiatives. Currently, more than 70 Lutheran-affiliated ministries around the world are receiving assistance through Wheat Ridge.

About Cherry Street Innovation
Cherry Street Innovation is a strategy and new venture development firm that creates new approaches to improve America’s health.

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