Parish Nursing

VISION: “Advocating for Parish (FCN) Nursing and Health Ministries”

MISSION: “Promoting Health & Wholeness of Mind, Body and Spirit through Parish (FCN) Nursing and Health Ministries”

THEME for 2014: “Renewing Our Minds” (Romans 12:2: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good”)

Health ministry is holistic: “The church brings a holistic perspective to a community’s understanding of health because it has the ability to address and integrate all elements of healing – body, mind, and spirit. As Methodists, we believe the human body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, a sacred place consecrated by God’s presence. People who believe that the body is a gift and the dwelling place of God will treat it with great care. This positive aspect of spirituality will lead to healthy behavior and thinking as health ministers promote prevention and overall wellness to congregations and communities alike.”

Our Role as a Parish Nurse

  • Integrator of faith and health
  • Health educator
  • Personal health counselor
  • Referral agent Trainer of volunteers
  • Developer of support groups
  • Health educator

Holistic Health Spiritual Scripture References:

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19
  • Luke 4:18-19
  • Romans 8:22-23
  • Matthews 25:31-46
  • James5:13-18
  • Luke 10:25-37

Information from: United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) “Introduction to Health Ministry for United Methodist Congregations”


“Discipleship under Jesus Christ is holistic, both spiritual and physical, and following Jesus requires our whole selves; the healthier we are, the more able we are to be about the will of God.”

 Rev Chris Owens

“It is important for United Methodist to be aware of the opportunities they have to develop this type of ministry. We often forget that part of being disciples is caring for our bodies as a temple of God.”

Patricia Magyar
UMCOR Health Executive

What is a Faith Community/Parish Nurse?

FCN/PN is an active licensed registered nurse, in the state of practice, who has preferably taken a Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course and follows the Scope and Standards of Faith Community Nursing Practice. The FCN/PN is a member of the church staff and usually oversees the congregation’s health ministry programs. They are not to provide patient care (hands on) in the home or church, but coordinate existing services and provide a wholistic approach to health.

What is a Health Advocate?

Health advocates are persons with professional training in a health-related field, or anyone interested in health and healing who serve the needs of the church congregation and community. They provide services at their level of expertise. Usually, volunteers who focus on specialty areas. Examples of health advocates are Licensed RNs and Practical Nurses, Social Workers, Therapists, Pharmacists, Nutritionists and Lay persons with an interest in health.

Conference Parish Nursing/Health Ministries Team

Sherry McIntyre, FCN, Coordinator/Chairperson

Cheryl Howard, FCN

Mary Lewis, FCN

Johanna Linvill, FCN

David M Owens, Pastor

Felicia Stewart, FCN

Parish Nurses manned the first aid booths at the 5K Walk for Malaria. (Pictured left to right: Donita Keidl, Donna O'Donnell, Felicia Stewart, Sherry McIntyre, Chris Gilmore and Margie Townsend)