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For Congregations

What does a Parish Nurse bring to a congregation?

"There has been a rapid rise in the number of parish nurses in the congregations of our church. I believe that is because their value has touched a nerve – the intersection of physical care and spiritual care has shown us that these are not separate arenas, but are integrated in the care of the whole person our Lord calls us to practice. We have people of faith, trained in nursing care, who are well equipped to bring this ministry into the life of the church."
- Bishop Peter Rogness, Former ECLA St. Paul Area Synod

"A parish nurse program complements and fills out a comprehensive pastoral care strategy for a congregation and its community."
- Rev. Craig Johnson

Brochure with more information about how to start a Parish/Faith Community Nurse Ministry and qualifications for a Parish/Faith Community Nurse. 

                               Click Here for the brochure


GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR STARTING A PARISH/FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE MINISTRY!!

Greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA)
 We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations. Members of the ELPNA have long been supportive of new parish nurse ministry start-ups and are acutely aware of the challenging financial situations of congregations. In response to this need, the ELPNA will annually provide funds for start-up or development of a new focus in an existing parish nursing ministry, for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 in grant funding.

 A comment from a congregation that has a parish nursing ministry: 

 Pastor Cheryl Mathison – St. Philip the Deacon

We are so grateful to have our parish nurse at St. Philip the Deacon.  Her creative energy, passion for health and deep faith help us to reach out to more people in new ways.  We are so thankful for the grant, which has helped us to meet the needs of this large faith community.

We are asking for your assistance in publicizing the information to Lutheran congregations. Grant applications are due by May 1st, 2021 via an electronic submission process. The awards will be announced within a month of the deadline with funds issued within the 30 days of approval of the grant.  Application forms are available on the ELPNA.org website.   

We are pleased to be able to award these grants to promote and support parish nurse ministry.
Blessings,
The ELPNA Scholarship & Grants Committee

Click here for the application form

 

William's Wishes: http://www.williamswishes.org/
MISSION Statement: 
William's Wishes seeks to seed the development of new faith-based Health Ministries and Parish Nurse (also called Faith Community Nurse) programs, and to provide sustainability for those faith-based Health Ministries and Parish Nurse programs who are desirous of expanding the scope of their ministries.  Through this mission, William's Wishes hopes to increase the number of individuals who receive the benefits of such programs and experience wholeness in mind, body, and spirit even when a cure may not be available. Matching grants of up to $1000 are available upon application.  email:  williamswishes@gmail.com


Sample Installation Services for Parish Nurses

There are samples of three installations services when you click on the above title.  This will allow you to quickly access all and choose what would best fit your congregation, or maybe combine ideas from more than one. 
 

 Helpful Articles from Living Lutheran

A Network of Care, by Lori Haugen
How two parish nurse collaborated between Maryland and Tucson, Arizona to help a family "facing dire health situations on both ends.
https://www.livinglutheran.org/2020/03/a-network-of-care/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-network-of-care

Holistic healing:
Parish Nurses Care for Body, Mind and Spirit
(https://www.livinglutheran.org/2017/01/holistic-heaing/). 

 

Leading a Congregation Through Change
 
This is very helpful article, written by Carol DeSchepper, our ELPNA Executive Director.  A must read for any congregation considering introducing a Parish/Faith Community Nurse Program.  Click here to read the article

 Contact ...
For information about parish nursing and mentoring assistance from experienced Parish Nurses:

Find your ELCA Region and contact the Regional Preresentative(s). (Go to "News from the Regions", select Find your Region)

Contact: Carol Deschepper, Executive Director:  cjdeschepper@gmail.com

             Lucina Kimpel, President (Kimpel10@gmail.com)

For speakers on beginning a health ministry in your church, E-mail: elpna.national@gmail.com

Click Here to download our ELPNA Brochure

Videos Available ...



Books for Assistance ...

  • The Parish Nurse: Providing a Minister of Health for Your Congregation, Granger E. Westberg and Jill Westberg McNamara, Augsburg Fortress, 1990 — Although this book is 15 years old, it remains a classic for outlining the theory behind the development of the idea of parish nursing.
  • Parish Nurse - Promoting Whole Person Health Within Faith Communities, Phyllis Ann Solari-Twadell and Mary Ann McDermott, eds., Sage, 1999
  • The Essential Parish Nurse: ABCs for Congregational Health Ministry, Deborah L. Patterson, The Pilgrim Press, 2003
  • Parish Nursing: Stories of Service and Care, Verna Brenner Carson and Harold G. Koenig, Templeton Press, 2011

Other Resources ...

  • Church Health Center, Faith Community Nurse Program:  https://westberginstitute.org/faith-community-nursing/.   This site has many books and other resources to start a Health Ministry in congregations.  
  • We Rise Foundation (formally Wheat Ridge Ministry): https://weraise.org/  Check for potential grants for Health Ministry, Faith Community Nurse ministries.
  • Faith Community Nurses International (FCNI) https://www.fcninternational.org/, is the international professional membership organization ​for faith community nurses. 
    The vision of FCNI is to create a vibrant global network of Faith Community Nurses that empowers and supports its members in their diverse practice environments.
  • Health Ministries Association The Health Ministries Association (HMA) encourages, supports and empowers leaders who integrate faith with the promotion of health and wholeness in local communities.  Our membership is made up of health ministers, faith community nurses, clergy, chaplains, faculty, and program leaders who have developed and provide health ministries in diverse faith communities.
  • Lutheran Parish Nurses International
  • Faith Community Nurse Network
  • Lutheran Global Health Volunteers. The Lutheran Global Health Volunteer program is all about creating sustainable relationships between volunteers and companion hospital staff in an effort for mutual learning experiences, be that medical or spiritual growth experiences. Furthermore, these service opportunities in Liberia, Tanzania, and India are fantastic ways to share the wonderful experiences of the ELPNA with companion hospitals. Most companion hospitals have extensive palliative and home care programs which parish nurses would be well-equipped to support.

Updated 2/21