Faith Community Nursing


Faith Community Nursing, formerly called Parish Nursing, is the blend of nursing and ministry promoting the wellness of body, mind and spirit for individuals of all ages. Faith Community Nurses are Registered Nurses prepared to work with members of a local congregation in many ways:

  • Visit members in homes or hospitals
  • Counsel members on health-related issues
  • Assist in obtaining needed health services
  • Help members understand the relationship between body, mind and spirit
  • Assist in adapting important lifestyle changes
  • Teach classes on how to maintain good health
  • Provide health screenings
  • Develop support groups within the church
  • Coordinate congregational volunteers

For resources, information and support to help your local church establish and continue its own Faith Community Nurse Program, please contact Marcia Flom, Elim Care’s Faith Community Nurse Coordinator at (952)259-4461 or

See what Faith Community Nursing can mean for your church.

Faith Community Nursing Advisory Board

The Elim Care Faith Community Nurse Advisory Board is an active, hands-on partner of the Elim Care Faith Community Nurse Program (FCN).2012 Faith Community Nursing Board Their mission is to actively encourage, support and develop Faith Community Nursing by planning educational seminars, providing prayer support and program direction.

The network of Faith Community Nurses is excited about promoting FCN in churches. The Faith Community Nurse Advisory Board includes the following members: Ginny McMillan, New Hope EFC; Marcia Flom, Elim Care FCN Coordinator & Valley Free in Chaska; Dee Huanca, First Free, Minneapolis; Arvilla Felten, Lakewood EFC; Baxter; Shelly Rock, Co-coordinator St. Croix Valley Parish Nurse Program; Kimberley Meyer, RN, EdD, Bethel University; Jim Struve, MD, Trinity Lutheran, Minnehaha Falls, Mary Martin, Oxlip EFC and Mary Van Der Werf, RN, Brooklyn Park EFC.


Faith Community Nurse Coordinator

Marcia Flom

Marcia Flom

Elim Care’s Faith Community Nurse Coordinator

Resources and Tools


Policies and Procedures

Spiritual Care



  1. Client-Family Intake Form
  2. Narrative Form
  3. Parish Nurse Documentation Form
  4. Parish Nurse Referral Form

Faith Community Nursing Communiques

Marcia Flom, Elim’s Faith Community Nurse Coordinator, sends an email with encouragements, resources and stories to those who are interested in Faith Community Nursing. Click on the links below to read the archived Communiques.

Upcoming Faith Community Nursing Events

  • FCN Network Symposiums for 2016: Please visit to learn more. 


Thursday July 21, 8AM – 4:30PM

Honoring Choices Minnesota presents:  2016 Sharing the Experience

Honoring Choices Minnesota, an initiative of the Twin Cities Medical Society, is hosting its 7th annual Sharing the Experience Conference on Thursday July 21 in Minneapolis.  The conference brings together champions of Advance Care Planning from around the state, offering learning and networking opportunities to healthcare professionals and community members interested in promoting ACP to all Minnesotans.  Full details and registration available online at:


Ramada Plaza Conference Center, Minneapolis, MN
Earlybird Price through June 9!  Register now!



Elim FCN Resource List

Faith Community Nursing By: Janet S. Hickman

Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice By: The American Nurses Association

Health Ministry Advice for Everyone By: Deborah Patterson

Stronger Together: Starting a Health Team in Your Congregation By: Jill Westberg McNamara

The Parish Nurse By: Granger E. Westberg and Jill Westberg McNamara

Theses on Healing (and Cure) By: The Reverend Frederick W. Reklau

Why? Trusting God When You Don’t Understand By: Anne Graham Lotz


Journal of Christian Nursing – A peer-reviewed, quarterly, professional journal

Faith Community Nursing Communiques – By: Marcia Flom, RN

Church Health Reader – Articles, interviews, and reviews

Faith Community Nursing Courses

New Course Listing for 2016:

On-line Faith Community Nursing Foundations Course

September 9 – November 14th

Location: This course involves a retreat on September 9th and 10th and the remainder of the course is taken on-line via teleconference on Monday evenings from September 12 – November 14th.

For more information:   Contact:


Parish Nurse Basic Preparation Course

Building a Strong Ministry: It’s never too early to encourage other RNs from your community or congregation to attend the Faith Community Nurse Foundations course. Those who have attended the course likely will become interested in participating in your ministry is some capacity. This also provides you with the opportunity to begin strategic succession planning for the day when you decide to retire or transition into another area of practice. Who knows, this trained nurse might even be able to cover the FCN ministry if you developed a need to be away on a prolonged medical leave. YOU are the best representative to encourage others to think about this ministry.  Information about the numerous options for attending the course is described below. You will also note that Sanford does give a limited number of $100 scholarships.

If you would like to begin a Faith Community Nursing program at your church, training is offered periodically. For the next scheduled online course, click on the following links: