Faith Community Nursing

The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing believes in the importance of service and community outreach. Through the faith community nursing program, the nursing school offers training and support for individuals interested in faith community nursing.

What is Faith Community Nursing?

Faith community nursing, also known as congregational nursing or parish nursing, is a specialty practice of professional nursing and a professional model of health ministry that focuses on whole-person health promotion and disease prevention from a faith perspective.

Seven identified roles of a faith community nurse:

  • Integrator of faith and health (mission)
  • Health educator
  • Personal health counselor
  • Referral agent
  • Coordinator of volunteers
  • Developer of support groups
  • Health advocate

There are a variety of organizational frameworks for the ministry of faith community nursing practice. Many faith community nurses serve in churches as volunteers, while others are paid staff members (part-time or full-time). Institutions, such as hospitals, health care systems, and/or universities, also collaborate with churches to have faith community nurses (paid or unpaid) serve in congregations. Regardless of the organizational framework, the faith community nurse is accountable to the Nurse Practice Act of the state he/she is practicing, as well as the Scope and Standards of Parish Nursing (American Nurses Association & Health Ministries Association, Inc., 1998).

Parish nursing does not embrace the medical model of care or invasive practices such as blood drawing, medical treatments or medication administration.

The International Parish Nurse Resource Center developed a standardized core curriculum that is being utilized throughout the world. This course provides basic preparation for registered nurses that feel called to serve as faith community nurses.

The International Parish Nurse Resource Center is a wonderful resource. For information about faith community nursing, visit

2014 Basic Preparation for Faith Community Nurses Class
February 13-14, 2015 and March 6-8, 2015
(Participants must attend both weekends to receive certification)
Shocco Springs Conference Center, Talladega, AL
2.5 (ABN) Contact Hours
Check out the 2015 Faith Community Nurse Brochure.

Faith Community Nursing: the intersection of faith and health

Faith and health: the link between the two is the foundation of one of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing's most compelling outreach programs. Congregational health ministries health related programs aimed at entire faith communities are gaining strength in churches throughout the nation, and one of the most significant movements has been the growth of the Parish Nurse, or as they are called today, the Faith Community Nurse.