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 email or call (952) 259-4461.

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).  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, FCN Coordinator, New Hope EFC; Dee Huanca, FCN, First Free, Minneapolis; Arvilla Felten, FCN,  Lakewood EFC; Baxter; Shelly Rock, FCN, FCN Coordinator  at Lakeview; Kimberley Meyer, RN, EdD, Bethel University; Jim Struve, MD, Trinity Lutheran, Minnehaha Falls, Mary Martin, FCN,  Oxlip EFC and Mary Van Der Werf, FCN, Brooklyn Park EFC.


Director of Elim Care Faith Community Nursing

Joanne Hall, RN, BAN, FCN

Joanne Hall, RN, BAN, FCN

Elim Care's Faith Community Nurse Coordinator
(952) 259-4461

Resources and Tools


Policies and Procedures

Spiritual Care


Documentation Tools

  1. Client-Family Intake Form
  2. Narrative Form
  3. Parish Nurse Documentation Form
  4. Parish Nurse Referral Form
  5. Church Health Center Documentation Tools
  6. Documentation with the Omaha System
  7. Henry Ford Documentation System for Parish Nurses

Position Statements from The Church Health Center

We encourage you to submit prayer requests, share stories and offer resources by contacting anytime.

There are many ways to stay connected with other Faith Community Nurses.  A number of websites offer valuable information and the Church Health Center has a blog site where FCN’s throughout the world post questions, give insight, and offer a number of resources.

Elim Care FCN Ministry is committed to provide resources and information that can save you time and provide opportunities for you to network with others and have hands on assistance as needed.  Joanne Hall, Elim’s Faith Community Nurse Director, sends weekly updates through emails that offer encouragement, resources and stories to those who are interested in Faith Community Nursing.  She also hosts regularly scheduled monthly Share and Prayer meetings at our corporate office where a number of FCN’s come together to pray with and for one another and share valuable resources and stories.  Occasionally CEU’s are offered.

Here are 3 ways to stay connected with Elim Care FCN:

1) Monthly Share and Prayer Meetings

2) Weekly Updates  

3) Communiques

Upcoming Faith Community Nursing Events

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


Grief Share Support Group

For more information click here.

  • 12 week support group
  • Each session is “self-contained” so you do not have to attend in sequence
  • August 31 – November 16, 2016  Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights

Emotional & Spiritual Care in Disasters   (Free – sponsored by KLove)

This course will enhance your skills to provide effective emotional and spiritual care (ESC) to meet the disaster-related needs of disaster responders and disaster affected families and individuals within disaster operations. This course builds on the crisis intervention principles taught in the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) core courses to effectively integrate these principles within ESC teams for appropriate care throughout the disaster continuum from the immediate to long-term recovery process. Click here to register.

  • Two-Day Course: 14 Contact Hours
    • Tuesday, August 30, 2016   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check in begins @ 8am
    • Wednesday, August 31, 2016   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check in begins @ 8am
  • Location:  St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408


Understanding Suicide: Effective tools for Prevention, Intervention & Survivor Support  (Free – sponsored by KLove)

Suicide provides unique challenges to both the professional caregiver and those within the informal support system. This course will help define unique challenges for individuals faced with providing crisis intervention with suicidal people and their support systems.  It seeks to examine evidence-based concepts and gives practical tools to equip helpers with suicide prevention, intervention and supporting survivors in the aftermath of a suicide completion.  The course is interactive and uses lecture, small and large group discussion, role-plays, and video interviews with survivors and experienced leaders in the field of suicidology. Click here to register.

  • Two-Day Course: 14 Contact Hours
    • Thursday, September 1, 2016   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check in begins @ 8am
    • Friday, September 2, 2016   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Check in begins @ 8am
  • Location: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Health Ministries Association (HMA) National Meeting and Conference, Journey to Wholeness: Faith Leaders Meeting Community Health Challenges

Facilitator Training for the Powerful Tools for Caregiver Course

  • September 15th and 16th
  • Cost is $150 –contact Pamela Franklin for tuition aid
  • For more information or to register: click here

Aging with Gusto Conference


Parish Nurse Fall Renewal 2016

Luther Seminary and Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurses Association will sponsor this retreat.  You’ll explore ways to enhance your own emotional and spiritual resiliency. 

  • Rising Strong in Christ:  Cultivating Spiritual and Emotional Resiliency of Parish Nurses
  • October 7 & 8, 2016  (Starts Friday @ 4 PM  and ends Saturday @ 4:30)
  • Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
  • To get more information click hereor go to:

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    • Offered at Prairie Hill EFree Church, Eden Prairie, MN
    • A 6-week course on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30PM
    • October 11 – November 15
    • Limited class size so register early
    • To register or get more information click here

Prayer as an Essential Component of Spiritual Care

The Faith Community Nurse Network provides at least four professional nursing education symposiums each year for contact hour credit. This activity will be awarded 3.6 contact hours. To register click here.



Devotions for a Healthier You By: Katie Farrell

Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart By: Kenneth Haugck

Elim Care FCN Suggested Readings By: Marcia Flom, RN

Faith Community Nursing By: Janet S. Hickman

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

Foundations, Faith Community Nursing Curriculum Participant Manual 2014 By: ChurchHealthCenter

Gentle Rebel: The life and work of Granger Westberg By: Jane Westberg

Health Ministry Advice for Everyone By: Deborah Patterson

Parish Nursing: Stories of Service and Care  By: Verna Carson and Harold Koenig

Prayer in Nursing:  The Spirituality of Compassionate Caregiving By: Elizabeth O’Brien

Spiritual Leadership By: Henry Blackaby

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


These publications are available from The Church Health Center Store as digital downloads.

Church Health Reader

Articles, interviews, and reviews

Congregational Health Promoter Training Leaders guide

Exploration and Implementation Packet

An introductory packet of 13 reproducible sheets explaining an FCN’s mission, role, and activities. Other topics include starting a ministry, utilizing available resources and addressing liability concerns. This is a digital resource to be downloaded and printed at your convenience. 


2014 Visitation Guidelines for Faith Community Nurses for Transitional Care

This resource contains disease specific assessment guidelines geared towards faith community nurses with the aim to improve the quality of care provided by addressing risk factors and performing standardized assessment for each health concern. Assessments are provided for  Alzheimer’s disease, Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertension, Mental Health, Multiple Chronic Diseases, Parkinson’s Disease, Post Hospital Discharge, Post Operative Assessment, Spiritual Distress, and Stroke. In addition to the assessments, important resources, normal laboratory results, vaccinations and screenings have all been listed. Specialists in each field were consulted to verify all the information provided.


Healthful Hints:  Volume 1 and 2

Seasoned FCN and educator Helene Van Der Werff, answers commonly asked health questions in short informational paragraphs to be used in bulletins, on bulletin boards, and in newsletters. Available as a downloadable file. 

Journal of Christian Nursing

A peer-reviewed, quarterly, professional journal


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: Click here or 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: