Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association

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We seek to be the light of Christ as we integrate faith and health
in the ministry of parish nursing


Membership in the ELPNA is currently defined by participation and meeting the following criteria:

  1. If you serve as the parish nurse in a ministry you must have completed a parish nurse preparation course. 
  2. Associate members must be serving as active volunteers in a PN ministry or serve as faculty at a Lutheran School of Nursing, but a preparation course is not required.   
  3. Pay membership dues

In addition, the nurse must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be in active practice, either paid or unpaid, in an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) or other Lutheran congregation
  2. Have membership in the ELCA or other Lutheran congregation and serve as a parish nurse in another denomination
  3. Be retired from parish nursing in a Lutheran congregation
  4. Have a position which coordinates, educates or supports Lutheran parish nurses

Dues options

  • $40.00 for one year 
  • $60.00 for two years
  • $300.00 for a lifetime membership
  • $20/year for Retirees:  This category includes those who have completely retired from both parish nursing and any other nursing position but who want to continue to support ELPNA and its mission. They may or may not have a current nursing license.
  • $40/year for Associate Member: This category is open to RN’s supporting health ministry in a Lutheran congregation or Lutheran faith-based organization, but who have not taken a preparation course to be a parish nurse; and RN faculty who are Lutheran or teaching in a Lutheran school of nursing.  Associate members have a voice and can serve on committees; however, they are not eligible to serve on the Board Of Directors or vote on matter related to ELPNA.
  • Free one year or partial year membership for a New Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse who has recently completed a preparation course.
  • New members joining July 1 and following will pay prorated dues of $20 for the remainder of the calendar year, with renewal for the full amount in the following year.  

If you are joining, please scroll down to select one of these options and follow the prompts.

Benefits of ELPNA Membership
  • Promote and support parish nursing within the ELCA and other Lutheran congregations, including encouraging the development of parish nurse ministries. Membership dues help provide grants for ministries.
  • Participate in educational events offering professional and spiritual growth sponsored by the organization with continuing education units whenever possible.
  • Networking with other Lutheran Parish Nurses.
  • Access to the ELPNA Member Directory.
  • Reduced fees for educational program registration
  • Access to Members Only portion of the website.
  • A members discount the Journal of Christian Nursing (JCN). This excellent journal includes research, and articles specifically related to Faith Community Nursing. The discount code can be found under Members Only/Directory on our website.  Members will also receive a discount for CEU's on specific articles in the JCN.  If you are a member and are having difficulty finding the discount code, send your request to elpna.national@gmail.com
  • Discount for joining Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF). Members can receive 15% off of a membership to NCF at https://nurses.events.intervarsity.org/ncf-auto-renew-membership. NCF members get JCN, PLUS free and discounted CEUs and lots of other product discounts. Depending on what NCF membership level you choose (practicing nurse or retired nurse over 60) and how you want to receive JCN (in print + online access or online-only), the discount takes the price from $79 to $67.15 (one year practicing nurse print + online JCN) to as low as from $55 to $46.75 (retired nurse auto-renew online-only JCN). 
  • Promote health and wellness among congregations and support church leaders through our presence at churchwide and synod gatherings.
  • Seek opportunities for parish nurses to have representation on Synod Councils and to be integrated into the practices and the future vision of the Church.
  • Respond to your responsibility to belong to a professional nursing organization as a parish/faith community nurse.

Membership Support

Whether you are a paid or unpaid parish nurse, you may want to ask your congregation to support you by paying your dues to ELPNA. Attached is the draft of a letter you can personalize and send to your pastor, parish council president, supervisor, or appropriate committee to support you in this process. This letter is to request payment of your membership dues by your organization or church in support of your practice. Request for Support

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Note:  If you prefer to join or renew your membership dues by personal check, please send an email to elpna.national@gmail.com and ask for the address of our current Treasurer. After the check is received you will receive the confirmation letter.  Please remember to update your Membership Profile on the website.    

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Last updated: 11/14/2022

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6626 Eliot View Road
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

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