Why the Local Church Should Care About Cancer Support – Episode 327

Health, Hope & Inspiration

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Featuring: Mark Dreistadt

Published: August 13, 2022

The local church should not sit by and wait for someone to ask for help with cancer.

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Show Notes:

Joining the HHI studios once again is prostate cancer survivor Mark Dreistadt, who was treated at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago. Mark will discuss the importance of cancer care ministries in the local church community.

Mark is an ordained minister and the President/CEO of the brand communications agency Infinity Concepts, which assists and maintains multiple relationships with local church leaders and ministries in the United States and Israel. Mark issues a passionate “clarion call” to all churches to provide cancer care ministry support to their members and receive training from the free Our Journey of Hope® Cancer Care Leadership Training program sponsored by CTCA, which is now part of City of Hope®.

Mark reminds everyone in this discussion that in the past, according to the American Cancer Society, 1 out of 3 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.

Press play now and listen to one who has his finger on the pulse, and feet on the ground, regarding the great need for cancer care ministry inside the local church.


  • “[Pastors were asked] when it comes to cancer, do you feel like you have the adequate resources in order to help your people.”
  • Pastors’ response when asked where they get information about cancer: “Sometimes we go on the web and google cancer and see what we can learn. Which of course is a dangerous thing, because there are all kinds of good and bad advice online.”
  • “When we asked pastors, how do you care for [those with] cancer? [Pastors responded,] ‘We pray,’ which is great. ‘We provide meals to the family,’ which is great. ‘And then we wait to see if there’s anything else we can do,’ which is not so great!”

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