Healing ministry

Healing prayer

The New Testament is suffused with the healing power of Jesus Christ.

Invariably the healings of Jesus, whether accomplished in person or through prayer in his name, are accompanied by great joy and new life.

Sometimes healings follow on from the preaching of the Gospel message, sometimes they point forward to the wonder of the Gospel, and sometimes they simply flow out of the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

We believe that this ministry of healing in the name of Jesus Christ is not time expired, and, when exercised by people of faith and compassion, continues to bring life and joy to many people. We know that sometimes God works in a person’s life in ways other than how we expect; sometimes wholeness comes first at a deeper level and physical healing flows from that. With healing we have to let God be God, though we reasonably ask for what we want.

But, however he does it, we see God working as we pray in the name of Jesus; and so many people need to experience God’s working in their lives.

How can we best learn about the healing ministry together?

How can we best incorporate the healing ministry into parish life, into church worship?

Get in touch

The Diocesan Healing Advisory Group are happy to talk to churches about resourcing and encouraging your healing ministry.

Useful Resources


Interested in the Christian Healing Ministry? Or forming a Healing Team at your church?

Our friends at the Christian Healing Mission in London are putting on an on-line course which is totally free. On the 1st of each month, starting in January, they are putting a video on YouTube: then, part way through the month, there will be an on-line discussion forum where people can ask their questions and interact on the topic of the month. 

Find out more from www.healingmission.org

Michael Harper is on the Council of Reference of the Christian Healing Mission.

Recommended Books on Healing

(NB Some of these texts cover aspects of deliverance ministry as well, which is outside the remit of the Diocesan Healing Advisory Group; these recommendations are made for the majority content on the healing ministry specifically.)

A Time to Heal: a Report for the House of Bishops 2000

A very useful text for all who engage in the ministry of healing or wish to do so. Includes the “how to”, and ensuring good practice.

In Search of Wholeness Parker, Fraser and Rivers 2000

A Christian theology of healing, and practical training resource for church and medical settings.

The Christian Healing Ministry Bishop Morris Maddocks 1981 (+reprints)

Bishop Morris' book is a foundational text and warmly recommended.

Healing Francis McNutt 1974 (+reprints)

Again, a foundational text from a well-known Catholic priest; it remains very useful

Christian Healing Mark Pearson 2nd ed 1995

American author, Oxford graduate; has set up a wholistic healing centre in USA subsequent to experiences at Burrswood Christian Hospital and other establishments in UK. This is an excellent practical and comprehensive guide to the healing ministry.

A Touching Place John Gunstone

A lovely introductory text.

Healing in the Early Church Andrew Daunton-Fear 2009

It traces the ministry of healing over the first few centuries of the church. A condensation of a doctoral thesis, and fascinating.

The Miracle of Lourdes Ruth Cranston 1956

Reprinted several times and now available on ‘kindle’.

“Ruth Cranston lived in Lourdes, talked with doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers, patients. A Protestant herself, her approach was that of the reporter and impartial investigator She has verified and documented the facts she presents.”

The Books of Kathryn Kuhlman

First hand accounts by people cured at Kathryn Kuhlman’s meetings in Carnegie Hall in the 1960s with medical records before and after and up to ten years later.

I Believe in Miracles. Kindle

God can do it Again. Kindle

Nothing is Impossible with God. Kindle

We believe in Healing ed Ann England 1982

Articles by various individuals – some clergy, some doctors, some lay – who have been involved in the ministry of healing either as ministering or as receiving.

The Healing Light Agnes Sanford 1949, several reprints

Well written – easy reading – a classic for anyone called to pray for the healing of others.

The Heart of Healing George Bennett 1979

Festival of Healing 2017

This year's Festival of Healing, organised by the Diocesan Healing Advisory Group, will take place on Saturday 4 November in the Cathedral. The principle speaker this year will be Bishop John and there will be a Healing Eucharist in the afternoon. Further details will follow.

Festival of Healing 2016 

A service of healing was held on Saturday 15 October in Worcester Cathedral.

We were privileged to have as our guest speaker the Revd. Mike Endicott (Prior of the Order of Jacob’s Well). His subject was “Living in the Miraculous Kingdom of God” and you can listen to his talk below.

The Revd Mike Endicott also gave an address during the service in the Cathedral.

Festival of Healing 2015

Below are videos from the Festival of Healing service held in Worcester Cathedral in November 2015. In the first video the Dean of Worcester welcomes the congregation and the Bishop of Dudley welcomes the Revd Anne Hibbert, Director of The Well Christian Healing Centre, Leamington Spa who then preaches. 

The second video is of Anne's talk given in the morning before the service.