Faith Community Nursing and Health Ministry

Faith community nurses, lay health advocates and other health ministers are people with professional training in a health related field who use their background to serve the needs of the church community. A parish nurse is a registered nurse with additional training in holistic ministry, helping members of the congregation to become more aware of their health and move toward a fuller sense of wholeness. 

A health ministry combines the therapeutic qualities of church, community, and faith in God to strengthen the healing task.


What Faith Community Nurses Do

Faith Community nurses engage in a variety of ministries:

Visit church members at home or in the hospital.Provide counseling on health-related issues

Make referrals to community resources and provide assistance in obtaining needed health services.

Assist members in adapting to important lifestyle changes.

  • Teach classes on how to maintain good health.

  • Provide health screenings.

  • Develop support groups within the church.

  • Train and coordinate volunteers.

  • Faith community nurses are not expected to provide patient care in the church or at a patient’s home. They are a source of referrals for services available in the community. They coordinate existing services and supplement them with a holistic dimension of health and caring.

Our Faith Community Nurse is Michele Sorenson and can be contacted