- Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2018 13:15
This Ministry is a care program comprised of lay leaders from the nursing profession who serve to integrate well-being with spiritual health and physical healing. Parish Nurses act as health educators, health counselors, organizers of volunteers and referral specialists.
When Christianity began, the church was a major influence in all dimensions of life, looking after people's emotional and physical needs as well as their spiritual concerns.
Over the years, health care became the domain of the medical community. But in recent years, we have become more aware of the powerful connection between a person's physical condition, mental state and spiritual well-being. Hence, we have the concept of "whole person health care."
Having parish nurses as part of a congregation's ministry integrates this idea of "whole person health care" into the church.
The Parish Nurse serves as:
Health Educator - Using health screenings, discussion groups, classes and special events to help parishioners understand the relationship between body, mind and spirit.
Health Counselor - Being available for consultation through home, hospital or nursing homes visits.
Facilitator or Organizer - Coordinating volunteers within the congregation.
Referral Specialist - Guiding parishioners to community resources.
The Holistic Health Ministry does not meet regularly, but on an as needed basis.