Restoring and Promoting Bible Based Services
When we think of pastoral providers, what typically comes to mind is a minister giving spiritual guidance from the pulpit. When we think of ministries, we think of activities to carry out spiritual-related beliefs or activities such as music ministries, youth ministries, women and men’s ministries, mission work, etc. The list is extensive.
While pastoral instruction and guidance and diverse ministry work are certainly important to help us learn about spirituality and how to incorporate biblical principles into our lives, the PMA was founded largely on the fact that there is a missing link in today’s ministries – a deficit that has serious consequences for our physical, mental and spiritual health, and one that constantly feeds the ever-increasing worldwide health crisis.
Conventional medicine has over the years taken over health from the church, which has historically provided for the physical, mental and spiritual care of it's congregations. While conventional medicine is a blessing for our emergencies, the displacement of God and self-responsibility from healing shows its result in the epidemic of chronic illness we now have worldwide.
The PMA is committed to restoring this missing link in health care by revitalizing the important scriptural teachings for good physical, mental and spiritual health. We believe it is time for spiritually-oriented providers to instill these scriptural teachings into their practices to help clients address the chronic and debilitating health challenges from which so many are suffering largely as a result of departure from the scriptural wisdom we have been given to keep us healthy.
With over a decade and a half advancing our mission, the PMA has become the world leader in health and wellness ministry, in licensing of ministerial providers and in setting standards for practice.
How are PMA Practitioners Different from Other Providers?
First and foremost, PMA practitioners have taken a vow to uphold scriptural principles when interacting with clients and providing Pastoral Science & Medicine services. They share the beliefs set forth in PMA’s Constitution, they have accepted specific responsibilities in serving their clients, and they have given their solemn and binding pledge to provide services in full alignment with these stated beliefs and responsibilities.
In addition, PMA practitioners have widely diverse backgrounds, education, training and experience in conventional medicine, ministry and alternative health. Collectively, the services provided by PMA licensees represent virtually every known standard and alternative approach, therapy, and modality for promoting health and wellness, including spiritual counseling, in every U.S. state and many foreign countries. In addition, many PMA practitioners are licensed by the medical and healthcare licensing authorities in jurisdictions in which they offer services pursuant to their state licenses.
However, it is important to note that the PMA license and the health services you may receive from a PMA practitioner are completely separate from and not related to, approved by or dependent upon any secular federal or state governmental licensing authority or any other healthcare license the practitioner may have.
Also, it is important to understand and emphasize again that PMA licensees do not practice conventional medicine. More specifically, they do not examine, diagnose or treat, or offer to treat or cure or attempt to cure, any mental or physical disease, disorder or illness, or any physical deformity or injury; and PMA licensees do not recommend or prescribe, or recommend changing dosage or discontinuing, any medications or pharmaceutical drugs.
In contrast, PMA practitioners obtain PMA licensing and offer their services as an alternative to clients suffering from chronic health conditions who want to take advantage of the Pastoral Science & Medicine system of scripturally-valid natural approaches and procedures for promoting health and wellness.
Hallmarks of Skilled PMA Practitioners
Licensed PMA practitioners apply the principles and offer the natural protocols embraced by Pastoral Science & Medicine to assist their clients in restoring health and maintaining overall mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
- Personalized care. Genuinely personalized care does not involve one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approaches to restoration of health. You and your journey in life to this point in time have been unique. While your path of recovery may have similarities to those struggling with the same conditions, it is likely that your return to robust health and wellness will have its own unique twists and turns. Accordingly, the services you receive from PMA Practitioners will focus on your individual situation and restoring your health as a positive vitality, beyond just alleviating symptoms of poor health.
- Planning for Success. Your PMA practitioner will take the time to understand your health concerns, evaluate whether his/her services are right for you and, if so, inform you about the proposed services, their projected cost, and what you can reasonably expect to gain as a client. If you choose to proceed, you and your practitioner will sign a written Agreement for Wellness Services that assures you are entering into an informed professional relationship.
- A Holistic Approach. Your PMA practitioner will consider the complex web of interactions presented by your personal background, unique physiology and lifestyle that contribute to your chronic illness. Both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environmental) factors affecting how your total system is functioning are taken into account. By listening to you and learning your history, present situation, and lifestyle, your practitioner will engage you in the discovery process to identify the root causes of your symptoms and suggest strategies he or she would use in your position to restore functional balance, promote natural healing and regain optimal health. When appropriate, your PMA practitioner may also refer you to other qualified healthcare providers.