Healing Ministry


The Methodist Church in Ireland's involvement in the ministry of healing has a theological framework. It springs from what we believe about God and His will and purpose for humankind.  We believe that His will is wholeness of body, mind and spirit for all people.  Healing was central to the ministry of Jesus who commanded his followers to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal. The Ministry of Healing Committee commends the exercise of a healing ministry to every circuit and society. 


Healing the Hurts Liturgy - a special Service which could be used in a wide range of settings where a group of people (a congregation, a community) are seeking to recognise their hurts, and bring understanding, forgiveness and healing.

Healing the Hurts Bible Studies - produced to encourage and resource those in our churches who would like to consider the issues associated with healing the hurts of the past, a special series of Bible Studies has been prepared by Rev Dr Johnston McMaster and published by the Council on Social Responsibility.

From Despair to Hope - is for those working with and concerned for individuals for whom life no longer has any meaning. Produced by the Council on Social Responsibility, this book unambiguously approaches the subject of suicide from a perspective of Christian concern. From Despair to Hope is not a medical or a sociological textbook but is instead a source of information and a catalyst for discussion for readers from all walks of life. 

The Healing Ministry Committee


The Methodist Church in Ireland facilitates and supports chaplaincy in a variety of areas, including healthcare, prisons and young offenders' centre, schools, colleges, universities and the armed forces. Most chaplains are also circuit ministers, but some are set apart full time for these ministries. Chaplains provide spiritual comfort, care and support to many people, often in challenging and demanding situations. Chaplains also show God's loving concern for people, irrespective of their situation or need.

Many chaplains are ordained ministers, however there are also opportunities for lay ministries. Please click here for the contact details of the chaplains.

The Methodist Church in Ireland has a Prison & Healthcare Chaplaincy Committee, with the mission:
To support and promote Christian chaplaincy ministries of healing, care and restoration among vulnerable people.

The Secretary/Convenor of this Committee is Rev Derek Johnston, who may be contacted by telephone on (028) 9029 5237 or office (028) 9063 2045 or by email: derek.johnston@irishmethodist.org

Other chaplaincies come under the Home Mission Department. The General Secretary is Rev Desmond Bain.

Other links

National Association of Hospital Chaplains (Ireland)
NI Healthcare Chaplains' Association

Useful Websites


  • Samaritans - Offers confidential non-judgemental emotional support for 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. They also offer a range of courses for workplaces, schools and prisons.
  • Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health - Promotes mental health and wellbeing for all.
  • The Wider Circle (Trauma Support Group) - Provides programmes and pubications in response to the needs expressed by people whose lives have been adversely affected by post traumatic stress as a result of the troubles in Northern Ireland.
  • MIND - Provides information, advice and training programmes in mental health issues.
  • The Big House - Interdenominational group which seeks to help young people know God's love as they encounter Jesus as they are cared for by the local church, especially in difficult situations.
  • Rehab 4 Addiction offers a free hotline dedicated to helping people suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health problems. Rehab 4 Addiction was founded in 2011 by people who overcame drug and alcohol addiction themselves. You can contact Rehab 4 Addiction on 0800 140 4690.