Creating Health Today

The Book of Genesis continues to amaze me with its relevance for our own day and age.  Chapters 1-11 chronicle the very beginnings of our  race, and offer tremendous insight into what it means to be truly human.

Recently at our medical missions project, Pastor Steve Munz taught powerfully from Genesis 1 and reminded us that, since we are created in God’s image (v. 28), we are called to (in a derivative way) do what He does – creatively shape the world around us.

Steve went on to suggest 3 ways today’s urban healthcare professionals are called to proactively join God in His creative activity:

  • Increase access to primary care – primary care is in short supply in Philadelphia, but is an essential building block of creating health.
  • Provide health, nutrition and wellness education – we need to equip communities to change the way they view and practice health
  • Shape institutions that shape the city – large institutions like Penn and Temple have well-orchestrated plans to influence the city, but sometimes their plans do not align with God’s.  Christians at such institutions – and throughout the church – need to be play a much more active role in shaping the future of healthcare in our city.

In what specific ways might God be calling you to shape healthcare where you are?  Here are 3 steps you can take to move forward:

  • Commit this area to prayer.
  • Find others who share your interest, then talk and pray with  them.
  • Identify, and then do, what you believe God is asking you to.

About Bryan Stoudt

On my personal website (, I help Christians follow Jesus in a noisy, broken world. I also have the privilege of helping Philadelphia's healthcare students and professionals do this as Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). More information at On a personal note, I'm fortunate to be married to my wonderful wife, Sharon. Together, we have four fantastic children. In my spare time, I enjoy roasting coffee, running, reading and learning foreign languages.
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