Church Health Ministry

You know how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus went around doing good. He healed all who were under the devil’s power. God was with him. Acts 10: 38
ICHM works with church health ministry teams and parish nurses to promote wholistic care of body, mind and spirit and practices that deepen our faith and foster greater wholeness. The goal is to make faith-based health ministry an integral part of our health care system.

Parish/Faith Community Nursing

ICHM seeks to follow the examples of Jesus in faith and compassion and to build connections to ensure vibrant Health & Healing Ministries built on the following principles:

  • Sharing ways to improve the health of body, mind, spirit.
  • Providing opportunities to learn about health issues.
  • Discussing health concerns, emphasizing early response and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
  • Providing recommendations to existing healthcare and social services.
  • Advocating to assist others obtain needed health services.
  • Facilitating the development of support groups.
  • Recognizing the gifts of others and supporting their ministries.
  • Recognizing the link between faith and well-being of individuals and communities.
  • Offering support and encouragement during times of crisis and celebration.
  • Focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Providing referral information, advocacy and coordination of services.

What is a Parish Nurse?

A parish nurse is a registered nurse with specialized knowledge, who is called to ministry and affirmed by a faith community to promote health, healing and wholeness. In order to practice safely and effectively in health ministry, the parish nurse should be able to demonstrate competence in a defined set of attitudes, knowledge and skills. These are identified as Parish Nursing Core Competencies.

To review the Parish Nurse Core Competencies, click here.