... of our neighbor’s needs should be as much a part of the church’s ministry as is the provision of regular worship and prayer support. If we pray for the health of a person, but do not help them overcome hypertension or maintain healthy levels of blood sugar, we are not ministering to the whole person. If we facilitate regular worship experiences that raise a person’s spirit, but do not provide programs to help them keep physically fit, we fail to minister to all that God has given these other children of God the potential to be. If we teach the stories of the Bible, but do not teach God’s children how to care for their most precious gift from God, their body, we may be failing to build a spiritual legacy that is most fully faithful to God’s call to ministry.
Parish nursing programs can provide a variety of ways for congregations to minister to the whole person. They also provide a faithful example and witness to the world around us, regarding how we interpret the Biblical call to “love your neighbor,” “care for the least of these,” go forth and “heal the sick and lame,” and more.
Perhaps more congregations, and members therein, would do well to consider how they are responding to God’s call to mission in their communities, in ways that deal with the wholeness of human need.
This page offers a variety of links to resources that can empower parish nursing ministries, in a way that might also transform your entire congregation.
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state by state (and canada)
parish nurse training programs:
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a couple disciples of christ
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