Carolinas HealthCare's Faith Community Health Ministry promotes better health through education, access to healthcare, and encouragement toward wellness and wholeness. By partnering with communities of faith we can more effectively reach that goal.
Churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship are ideal environments for promoting holistic health. Health ministry can bridge faith and medicine to promote health and wholeness of mind, body and spirit for individuals, congregations and the community.

Faith Community Health Ministry Services Benefits

By appointing a faith community nurse from your congregation to partner with Atrium Health’s established health ministry program, you are continuing the long-held tradition intertwining faith and health. Faith community nursing was formally recognized as a specialty by the American Nursing Associate in 1998. A faith community nurse is required to complete an approved basic preparatory training to support holistic health and provide spiritual care in a faith community. If there is not registered nurse with your faith community, a layperson with a passion for caring can fill the need by receiving training to become a faith community health promoter. Benefits of affiliation with our program include:

  • A strong leadership structure and established program in faith community health ministry
  • Ongoing education for nurses and health promoters
  • Regional access to valuable Atrium Health resources
  • Support of clergy and the Faith Community Health Ministry team
  • Bring attention to your members' health concerns and encouragement to seek medical attention for symptoms they might otherwise ignore
  • Bring your members to the appropriate community agencies and services
  • Recruit others as volunteers and train them to support the overall goals of the health ministry
  • Coordinate support groups to meet specific needs of your faith community

A Parish Nurse serves as a…

  • Integrator of Faith and Health - assisting families in time of crises while incorporating spiritual values into health education.
  • Health Educator – Providing group education for various health issues and facilitating community agencies to give health education.
  • Personal Health Educator – Providing private consultations (i.e home, hospital and nursing home visits; Arranging health screenings (monthly blood pressure screenings)
  • Health Advocate – Acting as spokesperson when an individual cannot act on their own behalf.