The purpose of an InterChurch Health Ministries (ICHM) Canada Information Forum is to provide an overview of health and healing ministry in the church; the place and scope of Parish Nursing Ministry; the role of the Parish Nurse and the Health Committee; and the role of InterChurch Health Ministries (ICHM) Canada in providing Education and Support to Congregations.

The forum discusses “how to start” your Health & Healing Ministry and what services and resources ICHM Canada provides to congregations and agencies that seek a partnership relationship. Topics covered include:

  • Why is the Church Involved in Health and Healing?
  • The Role of InterChurch Health Ministries (ICHM) Canada
  • What is a Parish Nursing Ministry?
  • The Roles of the Parish Nurse
  • The Education Program
  • Moving Towards a health ministry: Levels of Readiness & ICHM Canada Timeline Review
  • Application Process

Information Forums are offered to groups of people from a variety of denominations—we like to have at least five different denominations represented. It is important for more than one person from your congregations to attend, as the forum experience can help build a team to work together to develop strategies to begin and maintain a Parish Nursing Ministry. There is no registration fee, but we appreciate a donation to cover our travel costs. We ask the host congregation to provide space, invite neighbouring congregations and provide refreshments for the event. ICHM Canada will prepare an invitation and flyer for the host congregation to distribute. The forums will be announced on this website and in the newsletter. Special e-mailing will be sent to congregations and agencies that have expressed a level of interest.

Are you interested in holding or participating in an Information Forum? Contact the ICHM Canada office here.