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What is Medical Ministry?
    Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, "follow Me." Ministry of Healing p. 143.
People need many different things at different times. Sometimes they will need legal services, auto repair, real estate services, etc. Certainly, the followers of Christ are to represent Christ in any area of business. Yet we identify a certain set of work to be included under the banner of "medical ministry". These are the same lines of work commonly included in "self-supporting" work. These include FACE-G which inclues:
   l Food,
   l Agriculture,
   l Clinical,
   l Educational, and
   l Gospel.

We are using the term "medical ministry" is this broader sense. It is a collection of various lines of work which provide for people's physical and spiritual needs. Although "medical" (i.e. clinical) work is a key part of the work, we include non-clinical work within the scope of "medical ministry". Along this line, we include the "sanitarium work" within medical ministry. But "sanitarium work" implies "sanitariums" which are usually thought of as large buildings where both lifestyle medicine and conventional medical work is done on behalf of patients. Medical ministry work includes this but goes beyond just sanitariums or lifestyle centers.

The Church proper has largely settled on five lines of work:
   l Local churches with their pastors,
   l The mainstream medical work (e.g. Adventist Health Systems),
   l Education (e.g. elementary, academies, and colleges),
   l The publishing work, and
   l Establishing new verseas mission work.
With a few exceptions, if you wanted to start, say, a vegetarian restaurant, it wouldn't be through the Church proper that you would do it. Rather, you would organize yourself with a few fellow church members, raise your own funds, and start up a restaurant. Of course you would do it in support of the Church but you would be responsible to yourself. So this new Medical Ministry Network is to facilitate lay-people in establishing new ventures along these lines.