The Role of Faith Community Nursing and Health Ministries
Members of a health ministries team and/or a Faith Community Nurse do not provide hand-on nursing care, but rather attend to the holistic – physical, emotional and spiritual – needs of individuals and the congregation. As appropriate, a Health Minister or Faith Community Nurse initiates, teaches and refers to physicians, clergy, and/or community resources.
Many congregations already have health ministries activities in place. An organized, dedicated congregational health ministry usually includes a Health Minister or Ministers who assist individuals and groups in attending to their health needs. Health Ministers typically work with a Health Cabinet or Committee to implement designated programs and activities by assuming responsibilities in areas such as health education, personal health counseling, referral services, program facilitation, volunteer recruitment and development of support groups.
Faith Community Nurses
Faith Community Nurses assess the needs of the congregation to facilitate holistic health within the faith community. Their responsibilities may include:
- Health Education
- Personal Health Counseling
- Referral Services
- Program Facilitation
- Volunteer Recruitment
- Development of Support Groups