Portico Benefit Services’ wholeness wheel emblems are trademarks of Portico Benefit Services (U.S. Patent and Trademark SN 86/252,356, 86/257,977). Certificate of registration numbers: 4,637,260; 4,637,258; 4,637,259; 4,636,828; 4,677,811.
Portico’s Wholeness Wheel can help guide us to healthier living. “Stewarding Our Health Grants” provide support as you take steps toward greater well-being. You may apply for funding in more than one area for a maximum grant request of $200.
Wholeness Wheel and Grant Categories
Portico's “Wholeness Wheel” illustrates that wellness is multi-dimensional: made up of spiritual, vocational, intellectual, emotional, physical, social, and financial dimensions of well-being. Spiritual well-being accompanies our well-being in all other dimensions. Please visit Portico Benefit Services to learn more about the Wholeness Wheel.
At the center of the wheel, we are a new creation through the waters of baptism. Christ lives in us and through us and calls us to love and serve one another. What does it mean to be a new creation? We receive the gift of grace through Christ, who came that we might have abundant life. Abundant life lives as a new creation, being grounded and centered in Christ and loving our neighbor as ourselves. It is when we are living well in Christ that we are best equipped to pass on our faith.
Spiritual Well-Being: Living a centered life focused on God affects each aspect of our well-being. Turn to God for strength as you seek to live well in Christ. Nurture your relationship with God through prayer, devotions, worship, nature, art, and music. Explore who you are and know whose you are. You may be approved for the grant in advance of the event of activity, but you must submit a receipt for reimbursement.
Social/Interpersonal Well-Being: We are created by God to be social beings, living in community and instructed to help and love each other. We maintain social well-being through interaction, play and forgiveness. Take time to nurture your relationships with family, friends, congregation and co-workers. Example: couple or family participation in a Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center activity.
Emotional Well-Being: Being emotionally well means feeling the full range of human emotions and expressing them appropriately. Self-awareness is the first step. Recognizing and honoring our own feelings and those of others—stress, contentment, anger, love, sadness, joy, resentment—will help you live life abundantly. Example: fees and expenses associated with approved programs designed to promote healthy emotional processing in personal lives and congregational systems.
Physical Well-Being: While we are not all born perfectly healthy or able to live life without injury or illness, we can live well by tending and nurturing our body as a gift from God. Feed it healthy foods, keep it hydrated, build physical endurance through regular exercise, and respect your body’s need for rest. Examples: join a gym or fitness group and engage in 30 minutes of physical activity for a minimum of eight weeks; receive healthy diet tutoring.
Financial Well-Being: Being financially well involves making decisions based on our values, as reflected in the way we save, spend, and share. Tending to one’s financial well-being in this way requires us to be resilient, generous, and focused on sustainability. Examples: create or update a will; receive budget tutoring; Portico retirement seminar.
Vocational Well-Being: We all have a calling—a vocation—to follow Christ’s example by living a life of meaning, purpose and service to our neighbor. Our vocations make up our life’s work and passions—they are the everyday roles through which God calls us to help make this world a better place. Those who are well vocationally are faithful stewards of their talents and abilities and find opportunities to build and use them. Example: books or seminars serving vocational development or vocational discernment resources.
Intellectual Well-Being: Using our minds keeps us alert and active. Stay curious, ask questions, and seek answers. Explore new responsibilities, experience new things and keep an open mind. And remember, knowing when and how to let your mind rest is as important as keeping active. Example: fees and expenses associated with continuing education events. You may be approved for the grant in advance of the event or activity, but you must submit a receipt for reimbursement.