Health Ministry Resources

Encouraging Christ-centered wellness for church workers and laity

 Health Ministry Overview

LCMS parish nurses work alongside the pastor in a congregation to provide care for the physical well-being of parishioners.

Yet parishioners aren’t the only ones in need of spiritual and physical wellness, and LCMS Health Ministry recognizes this need and works with other LCMS ministries to provide opportunities for church worker health and respite care.

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 Parish Nurse Education

Opportunities for basic preparation and continuing education are available within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In-person and online training is available. Special topic videos are available online.

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  Health Ministry and Parish Nursing Organizations

Concordia University Wisconsin
Parish Nurse Education
12800 N. Lakeshore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097

Lutheran Parish Nurses International, NFP
1225 Springdale Drive
Rochelle, IL 61068

Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing
1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 142
Memphis, TN 38104

Health Ministries Association
PO Box 529
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
800-280-9919  or 800-280-9919


 Additional Reading

  • Carson, V.B. & Koenig, H.G. (2002).  Parish Nursing: Stories of Service and Care. Templeton Foundation Press.
  • Djupe, A.M.& Solari-Twadell, P.A. (1995).  "The community, the parish nurse." Home Health Focus, 12, 53.
  • Knaist, R. & Seidl, L., Partners in Healing, (1995) The Catholic Health Association of the U.S.
  • Koenig. H.G. (2002).  Spirituality in Patient Care.  Templeton Foundation Press.
  • Solari-Twadell, P.A. & McDermott, M.A. (1999).  Parish Nursing: Promoting Whole Person health Within Faith Communities.  Sage Publications.
  • Solari-Twadell, P.A. (1997).  "The Caring Congregation: A Healthy Place."  Journal of Christian Nursing. 14, 4-9.
  • Stank, M.J., Weirs, D. & Matheus, R. (1996), "Parish Nursing: Ministry of Healing," Geriatric Nursing 17, 11-13.
  • Westberg, Jill. The Health Cabinet, McNamara.
  • Westberg, Granger E., The Parish Nurse, (1990).  Augsburg Fortress Press
  • Vandecreek, L. & Mooney, M.S. (eds.) (2002).  Parish Nurses, Health Care, Chaplains and Community Clergy.  Haworth Press.


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