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Health Ministry Best Practices

  • Creator:   Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner
  • Updated:   3/16/2023
  • Contains:  81 items
Keep abreast of innovative ideas in health ministry and faith community/parish nursing. Read what researchers are discovering about best practices and outcomes of health ministry. Also check out the regular column, "Nursing in the Church" in each journal issue.
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Promoting Compliance When Faith Gets in the Way

Haynes, Barbara Lodge

Journal of Christian Nursing. 34(2):112-119, April/June 2017.

Sixty-six percent of U.S. Christians report they believe God can heal supernaturally, 68% have prayed for someone to be healed supernaturally by God, and 27% state they have experienced a miraculous physical healing. Christians who hold such beliefs may struggle with seeking and adhering to a prescribed healthcare regimen, as well as experience shame. A health education seminar assisting congregants to view healthcare as compatible with faith was implemented and evaluated in a Christian faith community.

Nursing's Critical Role in the Shifting Landscape of Mental Health

Sheehan, Antony; Miller, Susan Martins

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(2):92-97, April/June 2016.

Four key responses to mental health and substance abuse are proposed by the authors.

Church Member Support Benefits Psychological Well-Being of Pregnant African American Women

Giurgescu, Carmen; Murn, Nicole L.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(2):87-91, April/June 2016.

Does faith community support help ease depressive symptoms in AA women who are pregnant? See what this study suggests.

Are Faith Community Nurses Using the Scope and Standards of Practice?

Henderson, Dawn L.; Powers, Cynthia F.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 33(1):E1-E6, January/March 2016.

This study raises questions about understanding the standards and related competencies of applying the Standards of Practice.

Preparing Health Professions Volunteers to Serve Globally

Carey, Rebekah E.; Carter-Templeton, Heather; Paltzer, Jason

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(4):242-249, October/December 2015.

Expand your global health knowledge and learn about a program designed to improve competencies needed for team collaboration.

Using the Internet to Increase Physical Activity in a Faith Community

Washington, Enrika; Weed, Latricia Diane; Vardaman, Shellye A.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(3):168-173, July/September 2015.

Discover how an Internet intervention was used to increase physical activity at one church--and what happened.

Why a Faith Community Nurse Program? A Five-Finger Response

Ziebarth, Deborah Jean

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(2):88-93, April/June 2015.

Learn an easy "five-finger illustration' that can positively impact PN stakeholder perceptions.

Tipping the Scales on Obesity: Church-Based Health Promotion for African American Women

Cooper, Kami C.; King, Michalene A.; Sarpong, Daniel F.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 32(1):41-45, January/March 2015.

Project TEACH uses free resources for a sustainable faith-based, culturally competent, nutrition and exercise program.

Prostate Cancer Support Groups in a Local Faith Community

Wilson, Sonya Marie

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(4):E8-E11, October/December 2014.

30,000 men will die from prostate cancer in the U.S. in 2014. Prostate cancer support groups in churches can make a huge difference in early detection and treatment.

Advance Directives Education: A Critical Need

Kroning, Maureen

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(4):220-225, October/December 2014.

Find resources to help those in your congregation understand and develop an Advance Health Care Directive -- before there is a critical need.

Is Faith-Based Health Promotion Effective? Results From Two Programs

Whisenant, Debra; Cortes, Cyndi; Hill, John

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(3):188-193, July/September 2014.

This study found that whether your faith community is big or small, resource rich or poor, health promotion can be effective!

Faith Community Nursing: Real Care, Real Cost Savings

Yeaworth, Rosalee C.; Sailors, Ronnette

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(3):178-183, July/September 2014.

Discover ways to document the impact of faith community nursing and health ministry to stake holders and funding sources. Learn about national denominational health ministry networks.

Collaboration in the Gap: A New Day for Faith Community Nursing

Morris, G. Scott; Miller, Susan Martins

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(2):112-116, April/June 2014.

The Affordable Care Act, Medicare reimbursement cuts, and insurance challenges mean exciting opportunities for faith community nurses!

Creating Space for the Mentally Ill in the Faith Community

Brinkley, Jeffry; Kaul, Teri

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(1):52-56, January/March 2014.

Millions today live with a severe and persistent mental illness. Faith communities and initiate "Sojourner Ministries" to offer support.

Faith Community Nurses & Brown Bag Events Help Older Adults Manage Meds

Shillam, Casey R.; Orton, Valorie J.; Waring, Debbie; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(2):90-96, April/June 2013.

Brown Bag Medication Review (BBMR) events, traditionally offered by pharmacists, improve medication safety and adherence. This study hypothesized that incorporating faith community nurses (FCNs) into BBMR and follow up would improve medication self-care in older adults. FCNs can learn about BBMR and how to conduct an event.

I Choose Health (Elijo Salud): Impacting Youth Through Parish Nursing

Oakley, Janet; Hoebeke, Roberta

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(4):252-257, October/December 2014.

Read about how health ministry changed diet and exercise practices of Hispanic youth, and discover ways you can impact youth in your congregation!

Health Report for U.S. Seminary Schools: Are We Training Healthy Clergy?

Bopp, Melissa; Baruth, Meghan

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(2):108-111, April/June 2014.

How is health being emphasized in U.S. seminary schools? What impact does this have on health ministry in the local faith community?

Training Lay Volunteers to Promote Health in Central-City African American Churches

Ellis, Julie L.; Morzinski, Jeffrey A.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(2):112-116, April/June 2013.

The Elder Community Health Upholder (ECHU) project addressed health needs of older African Americans in medically underserved areas of Milwaukee. Discover how professionals and lay volunteers started health initiatives in nine churches.

Fit for Service: A Model of Self-Care for Parish Nurses

Daffron, Cristy

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(2):108-111, April/June 2013.

Examining the life of Jesus reveals a pattern of intentional self-care practices that are a model for parish nurses who want to thrive as caregivers.

Spread the Word, Not the Germs: A Toolkit for Faith Communities

Reilly, Janet Resop; Hovarter, Rebecca; Mrochek, Tracy; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(4):205-211, October-December 2011.

How can churches help prevent the spread of infection? Discover and download the Infection Control and Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for the Faith Community.

Faith Community/Parish Nursing: What's in a Name?

Patterson, Deborah L.; Slutz, Mary

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(1):31-33, January-March 2011.

In the Christian tradition, do the titles "Faith Community Nurse" and "Parish Nurse" convey the same thing?

African American Church Health Programs: What Works?

Timmons, Shirley M.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 27(2):100-105, April-June 2010.

Churches can address African American health and healthcare disparities through programs targeting primary prevention. But little is known about what makes programs effective.

Faith Community Nurses: Protecting Our Elders Through Immunizations

Pappas-Rogich, Maria

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(4):232-237, October/December 2012.

Using Community-Based Participatory Research in Parish Nursing: A Win-Win Situation!

Maitlen, Lynn A.; Bockstahler, Amie M.; Belcher, Anne E.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 29(4):222-227, October/December 2012.

Health Ministry Partnerships: Creating a Habit for Health

Horton, Shalonda E. B.; Alvear, Elizabeth E.; Horton, Daryl L.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 31(1):28-34, January/March 2014.

Learn about an exciting partnership between a church and a state university.

Defy Diabetes! Impact on Faith Community/Parish Nurses Teaching Healthy Living Classes

Sheehan, Angela; Austin, Sandra A.; Brennan-Jordan, Nancy; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(4):244-247, October/December 2013.

Defy Diabetes! partnered Certified Diabetes Educators and Faith Community Nurses, impacting health and the FCNs!

Defy Diabetes! A Unique Partnership With Faith Community/Parish Nurses to Impact Diabetes

Austin, Sandra; Brennan-Jordan, Nancy; Frenn, Debra; More

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(4):238-243, October/December 2013.

Using the Chronic Care Model, Defy Diabetes! demonstrates unique partnerships for impacting community health.

Creating a Culture for Evidence-Based Practice in the Faith Community

Lashley, Mary

Journal of Christian Nursing. 30(3):158-163, July/September 2013.

Disability and the Church: How Wide Is Your Door?


Journal of Christian Nursing. 26(3):140-147, July-September 2009.

Learn about problems families and children with disabilities face in participating in faith community activities--and how to overcome these obstacles.

The Stranger Among Us: Ministering Health to Migrants

Bokinskie, Jean C.; Evanson, Tracy A.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 26(4):202-209, October-November-December 2009.

If you've encountered migrant families in your church, you know they have many health needs. Ministry led by parish nurses, offering biblically based culturally competent care, can change lives!

Faith Community Nursing: Meeting the Needs of Seniors

McCabe, Jim; Somers, Sandra

Journal of Christian Nursing. 26(2):104-109, April-June 2009.

These researchers wanted to know if faith community nursing programs are meeting the needs of seniors as public and private services are being cut back.

Free Health Clinic Links College, Church, and Community

Carey, Rebekah Albrecht; Fricke, Jonathan

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(2):88-91, April-June 2011.

Are Parish Nurses Prepared to Incorporate the Spiritual Dimension Into Practice?

Newbanks, Shirlene; Rieg, Linda S.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 28(3):146-151, July-September 2011.

These researchers asked if parish nurse (PN) basic preparation courses prepare PNs to offer spiritual care. Participants said yes and no, offering suggestions for improving basic prep courses.



Journal of Christian Nursing. 22(2):34-37, Spring 2005.

What are the challenges, barriers and successes involved in starting a parish nurse program in a faith community?

Prepared or Unprepared for Pandemic Flu?

Chappell, John Rodgers; Bridges, Debbie

Journal of Christian Nursing. 26(2):80-85, April-June 2009.

How can faith community and other nurses help the church prepare for a flu pandemic or other disaster?

Eight Advocacy Roles For Parish Nurses

Patterson, Deborah L.

Journal of Christian Nursing. 24(1):33-35, January-March 2007.

The director of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center identifies and discusses eight advocacy roles for faith community nurses.

PARISH NURSING: Meeting Spiritual Needs of Elders Near the End of Life


Journal of Christian Nursing. 23(1):28-33, Winter 2006.

An exploration of the lived experience of Spiritual Well-Being in chronic, seriously ill elders reveals distinct spiritual needs and effective parish nurse interventions.

TRUSTING GOD: Foundation for Spiritual Care

Van Dover, Leslie; Pfeiffer, Jane Bacon

Journal of Christian Nursing. 22(1):18-21, Winter 2005.

A study exploring processes nurses use to provide spiritual care to parishioners revealed and intriguing dimension and foundation parish nurses use for spiritual caregiving.