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

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“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

Sonlight, Lynden

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“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

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Interested in developing a Health Ministry?

Often the faith community leader 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.


If you and a prospective FCN believe health ministry is a good fit for your congregation, nurses can enroll in the Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course offered each Spring. Non RNs can enroll to become health ministers.


For more information

Amelia Vader

Executive Director

Health Ministries Network


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Health Ministries Network (HMN) is a non-profit in Bellingham, WA affiliated with the Chuckanut Health Foundation.