As faith community nurses (or parish nurses), these professionals are called and committed to the healing ministry of the church, helping meet the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the members. This ministry is grounded in the tradition of the church, “to preach the kingdom of God and to heal” (Luke 9:2). The faith community nurse program within a congregation also recognizes that the ministry of the church community is to proclaim God's desire that we strive toward an abundant, healthful life. 

Concordia’s Parish Nurse Ministry program offers foundations courses (educational preparation programs) at select times in the academic year. Faith communities are encouraged to sponsor nurses by providing funding for the foundations course. 

Program Requirements

  • Registered nurse with a current unencumbered license to practice professional nursing in the state(s) in which one will practice in the role as a faith community nurse (FCN). There is no specific educational level requirement beyond the basic registered nurse preparation. 
  • Commitment to the holistic concept of health care, including the spiritual dimension of healing and health.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Active involvement in a local faith community.
  • Commitment to completion of the entire foundations preparation program.
  • Lay and professional faith community leaders may complete the course in the role as "participant observers." These situations will be reviewed on an individual basis.


Preparation Courses and Continuing Education

The foundations course is based on the curriculum developed through the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, which curriculum is owned by Church Health Center of Memphis, Inc., 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 142, Memphis, TN 38104.

This activity has been submitted to the Alabama State Nurses Association for approval to award 36.5 contact hours. Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

The program fee, which includes texts, study materials and some meals, is $450.  Housing is not available on site but there are hotels in the area. Churches are encouraged to sponsor nurses and provide the program fee.


Dr. Jean C. Bokinskie

Professor of Nursing; Director, Parish Nurse Ministry Program Nursing, Parish Nurse Ministry