...emphasizing health and healing within a faith community



A parish Faith Health Ministry utilizes a Parish Nurse or a Health Ministry Advocate (or both), operating with the approval of the pastor and under the guidance of a Faith Health Ministry Committee (or similar) to work with resources in the parish and community to provide assistance, support and education to members of their faith community that are addressing medical needs for themselves or their loved ones. Primary aims of Health Ministry typically include:

• Care of the sick and frail by striving to meet physical, spiritual and social needs.

• Promotion of healthy lifestyles through wellness education.

• Assistance accessing healthcare services and resources for those in need.

Health Ministry Advocates and Parish Nurses are individuals in the church, who, with the support of their Pastor and Faith Health Ministry Committee, work to promote health with an emphasis on the spiritual component of health, wherein an individual’s awareness of God’s love and care enhances healing and lessens isolation and loneliness.  A Health Ministry Advocate can be a nurse, physician, allied health professional (such as social worker, counselor, pharmacist, physical therapist) or other volunteer with a call and the background for this service. A Parish Nurse is a Registered Nurse who has also completed a spiritually centered specialty nursing course. A Parish Nurse can be either a volunteer or paid staff member of the church.  

For a comprehensive list of Resources and the complete set of Health Ministry Guidelines please visit our Resource Library.

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