News & Events

2021 Westberg Symposium at the 
Caring for the Human Spirit© Conference
April 12-14, 2021

Join us for our 35th Anniversary!

By bringing together the expertise of professionals from diverse disciplines, the Symposium and Conference will provide attendees an environment that builds knowledge, creates interdisciplinary connections, and opens new paths for the delivery of spiritual care

Spring Educational Event - Register now!!

The ELPNA Education Committee is pleased to announce our next educational event.  Rev. Dr. Ed Treat from the Twin Cities will be speaking on Addiction & Mental Health Ministry in a Time of Pandemic.  It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 via zoom, starting at 7 pm ET, 6 PM CT, 5 PM MT, and 4 pm PT.  Additional information is on the flyer.  Click here for the flyer

The bottom portion of the attachment contains the registration form.  The registration fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.  The registration form provides information on where to send your registration and fee.  

You will receive the Zoom link after you register and closer to the date of the event.  

We hope many of you can join us. 

The ELPNA Education Committee

Featuring Guest Speakers:
Sharon Denny, MA, Senior Director of Programs


Esther Kane, BSN, RN-CDP, Support & Education Director
both with The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration

During this webinar, Sharon Denny and Esther Kane will discuss:
• What is FTD?
• How does FTD differ from Alzheimer’s disease?
• Understanding the symptoms of FTD
• Approaches to care and the role of residential care
• Barriers to diagnosis and why
• Options for treatment- targeted care is needed
• FTD’s impact on the family
• Resources for families and professionals

Virtual Compassion Fatigue Training

 Compassion Fatigue Training provides immediate training for leadership, as well as health care workers and volunteers, to manage the impact of regularly helping people experiencing traumatic stress. The goal of this training is to help workers prevent compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and post-traumatic stress.

Westberg Knowledge Sharing Platform or YAMMER


The easiest way is to go this website,, where you can fill out a form to request an invitation. Since the Westberg Institute (our network) is a closed platform, members must be invited to join.

Once you have joined this platform you can join any of the groups that are of interest - like the Lutheran Parish Nurses group. You can even create a new group and invite others to join.

This is a great place to find information about CoVid-19 and learn what other FCN's are doing in their congregations. 


Greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association (ELPNA

We have an exciting opportunity for Lutheran congregations who would like to start or develop a parish nurse ministry within their faith community. 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 start-up funds for a minimum of two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 as a start-up grant.

Comments from other congregations that have 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.

Connie A. Miller, Senior Pastor, Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Maryland

I have served here at Saint Luke for 20 years and have had an amazing Parish Nurse/Director of Caring Ministries for 18 of those years and cannot imagine being in ministry at Saint Luke without her.  What a resource, vital partner in ministry for our entire staff, and a wholistic health adviser and medical professional connection for the wider church and community. I can say first hand that Parish/Faith Community Nurses are sheer gifts from God.

We are pleased to be able to award these grants to promote and support parish nurse ministry.

The ELPNA Board

Click here for the application

Faith Community Nursing  
in the News!!
We made it on the list of 8 non-bedside nursing jobs in the online Amerian Nurse Today.  check it out here:

From Westberg:  Chaplaincy Certification
The Westberg Institute has partnered with the Spiritual Care Association to provide on line training for Faith Community Nurses.  Here is the link with further information and registration instructions:



Updated 2/21