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Parish/Faith Community Nursing

What does a Parish Nurse bring to a congregation?

"There has been a rapid rise in the number of parish nurses in the congregations of our church. I believe that is because their value has touched a nerve – the intersection of physical care and spiritual care has shown us that these are not separate arenas, but are integrated in the care of the whole person our Lord calls us to practice. We have people of faith, trained in nursing care, who are well equipped to bring this ministry into the life of the church."
- Bishop Peter Rogness, Former ECLA St. Paul Area Synod

"A parish nurse program complements and fills out a comprehensive pastoral care strategy for a congregation and its community."
- Rev. Craig Johnson

We are so grateful to have our parish nurse at St. Philip the Deacon.  Her creative energy, passion for health and deep faith help us to reach out to more people in new ways.  We are so thankful for the grant, which has helped us to meet the needs of this large faith community.  Pastor Cheryl Mathison

Grants Available for 
Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse Ministries

ELPNA has long been supportive of parish nurse ministry start-ups and are acutely aware of the challenging financial situations of congregations. In response to this need, the ELPNA will annually provide funds for start-up of a new ministry or development of a new focus area in an existing parish nursing ministry, for up to two (2) Lutheran congregations. Congregations can request up to $750.00 in grant funding.  Grants for 2022 must be requested by March 15, 2022.  

Please use action verbs (such as Bloom's Taxonomy (available online or an easily used format is available at the Azusa Pacific University website at https://www.apu.edu/live_data/files/333/blooms_taxonomy_action_verbs.pdf) to assist in writing specific and measurable goals, include a letter of support from your pastor, a budget, and a list of members on your health team.

For More information contact Vice-President & Grants Committee Chair, Marie Wiegert at hmbwiegert@gmail.com

We are pleased to be able to award these grants to promote and support parish/faith community nurse ministry.

Click here for the application form


William's Wishes
William's Wishes seeks to seed the development of new faith-based Health Ministries and Parish Nurse (also called Faith Community Nurse) programs, and to provide sustainability for those faith-based Health Ministries and Parish Nurse programs who are desirous of expanding the scope of their ministries.  Through this mission, William's Wishes hopes to increase the number of individuals who receive the benefits of such programs and experience wholeness in mind, body, and spirit even when a cure may not be available. Matching grants of up to $1000 are available upon application.  email:  williamswishes@gmail.com


For information about parish nursing and mentoring assistance from experienced Parish Nurses:

Carol DeSchepper, Executive Director: cjdeschepper@gmail.com

        Lucina Kimpel, President: Kimpel10@gmail.com

For speakers on beginning a health ministry in your church, E-mail: elpna.national@gmail.com

Click Here to download our ELPNA Brochure for Congregations interesting in a Parish/Faith Community Nursing Ministry

Sample Installation Services for Parish Nurses

There are samples of three installations services when you click on the above title.  This will allow you to quickly access all and choose what would best fit your congregation, or maybe combine ideas from more than one. 

Last updated: 12/27/21

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