Council for Health and Human Service Ministries

Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ (CHHSM) is a community of leaders and organizations committed to advancing the healing and service ministry of Jesus Christ. The more than 70 corporate members, all affiliated with the United Church of Christ, operate 363 communities and programs for children, youth, families, older adults and people with disabilities.

In the Minnesota Conference, we have special relationships with three CHHSM member agencies:

  • Back Bay Mission: Established in 1922 as a ministry with the poorest of the poor in Biloxi, Mississippi, Back Bay Mission is a highly regarded organization in the United Church of Christ. Back Bay Mission meets the urgent needs of those suffering from poverty and its effects while building pathways to social justice. We deliver services, create collaborative solutions, and transform lives through mission immersion experiences.
  • Samaritan Bethany: Samaritan Bethany, a senior services organization located in Rochester, MN, became an established partner of the Minnesota Conference in 2013. It began its service to the elderly in 1922. Samaritan Bethany is a non-profit organization, centered in its belief in God, and supported by seven local sponsoring churches.
  • Oak Meadows: Oak Meadows is a not-for-profit senior living community in Minnesota. It is committed to providing excellent care, engaging activities, and a strong community for its tenants.


LeaderWise is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1969 to provide counseling and consulting for lives of service. LeaderWise is a mission-driven organization providing psychological and leadership development resources to individuals and organizations. During this Covid-19 pandemic, LeaderWise is offering tele-health counseling for clergy. LeaderWise is credentialed by Blue Cross Blue Shield and many other primary insurance carriers. Learn more.

Ministry Lab

The Ministry Lab is a network of faith communities pooling their wisdom to equip leaders for vibrant ministry. The Lab gathers the recommendations of constituents to share outstanding web, video, print, and other resources for all areas of church life.

Minnesota Council of Churches

The Minnesota Council of Churches engages in prayer and worship, public witness and advocacy, and shared gatherings to renew churches and individuals with meaningful mission opportunities and deepened faith; refugees with assistance to achieve self-sufficiency and pursue their dreams; and communities with strong relationships and just public policy.

United Theological Seminary

A seminary of the United Church of Christ, United Theological Seminary was the first seminary in mainline Protestantism with an ecumenical charter. The founders intended that the seminary should pioneer new ways to educate people for ministry in a changing world. United is a vibrant, creative, caring and challenging place in which to pursue theological education.

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