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.
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.
The ELPNA Scholarship & Grants Committee
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: email@example.com
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.
Parish Nurses Care for Body, Mind and Spirit
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucina Kimpel, President (Kimpel10@gmail.com)
For speakers on beginning a health ministry in your church, E-mail: email@example.com
Click Here to download our ELPNA Brochure
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