Bring Health Ministry to your Congregation
Faith community nurses (FCNs) and health ministers (HMs) work with faith community leaders (FCLs), serving as skilled and trained team members to support pastoral and other caring ministries.
FCNs and HMs support the work of pastors, clergy, rabbis, and other FCLs through a variety of activities including,
active listening and prayer,
visiting the sick and home-bound,
providing referrals to health and human services organizations,
ministering to families facing depression, dementia, other illness, and end-of-life care choices
planning health-related activities with emphases on holistic health and intentional care of the spirit, and
using evidence-based techniques such as blood pressure screening and other preventive approaches.
“Pastors are always coming into contact with folks who are dealing with something health or healing related. Pastors aren’t doctors. So, the faith community nurse being in touch with the pastor and vice-versa is an ideal kind of ministry. It’s really a wonderful program. We’re glad to have it here.”
Rev. Deanna Murray
Pastoral Care Associate
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Bellingham
“I have learned a great deal about the work of care in the midst of suffering from the example set forth by the faith community nurses in our community. The faithful and compassionate care they provide is a shining example of very practical love.”
Pastor Mike Sloftra
Community Life Pastor
“I feel like I have a partner in ministry. I didn't realize how much I was holding internally, needing to care for everybody. Being in partnership with someone who has the medical knowledge and who is willing to step up, organize, implement and follow through is a huge, huge gift.”
Rev. Bobbi Virta
United Church of Ferndale
“One gift our health ministers have given me is rarely having to arrange for pastoral backup. If I need to be gone, I pretty much know there will be someone there to support anyone who might need help.”
Rev. Jamie Kepros
Lummi Island Congregational Church
Interested in developing a Health Ministry?
Often the faith community leader (FCL) is the best recruiter of faith community nurses and health ministers.
Do you know a member of your congregation who is a nurse or caregiver?
They may or may not be familiar with health ministry. Invite them to learn more! There are FCNs and HMs happy to meet with anyone interested. You can even shadow their work.
Spread the word!
Help us build a community of faith community leaders (FCLs) that recognizes the value of health ministry and supports our vision of faith communities and health systems working in partnership to deliver whole person health and wellness, linking mind, body and spirit.
Invite your fellow FCLs to learn more!