Church-designated nurses and health ministers, who are typically volunteers from within the congregation, are trained and supported by ERS to plan, implement and enhance the ministry. These designated individuals are supported by a health cabinet, an interdisciplinary team of church volunteers. This team is committed to seeing that the church’s “healing ministry” is carried out.
Faith-Community nurses and health ministers wear many hats within their congregations. These individuals often alert parishioners about the need for medical attention, or refer them to appropriate health care providers or community resources. As a health promoter, they help members understand the relationship between lifestyle, attitudes, faith and well-being. They also advocate for individuals with regard to their health care. Other roles include: