Health Ministries: A Primer
By Deborah Patterson
"Signs of a new awakening to the church's role in health and wholeness are everywhere--from parish nurses to health clinics to congregations working fervently for health care finance reform. Across the land and around the globe, faith communities are forming a vision of community and healing that can offer sustenance and hope to all . . . I hope to convince fellow clergy that parish nursing is a viable ministry with which to support and multiply the many health ministries that already exist within congregations. . . . There are many different models for providing health ministry with the assistance of parish nurses, and one of them may be right for your congregation." - from the Preface
As executive director of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center and Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri, Patterson, a devoted advocate of congregational health ministries, tackles head-on in her latest book the unique questions and concerns clergy have about starting and maintaining a health ministry program within their congregation.
Patterson believes clergy can gain great knowledge about and understand the importance of congregational health ministries by listening to the stories and experiences of actual parish nurses who are out in the field. She personally interviewed a number of parish nurses in the U.S. and Canada, compiled their accounts, and put them together in an interesting, accessible format for clergy that will stress the importance of this much-needed congregational ministry.
About the Author
Deborah L. Patterson, a best-selling author of The Pilgrim Press, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and executive director of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center and Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the author of The Essential Parish Nurse: ABCs for Congregational Health Ministry (2003) and Healing Words for Healing People: Prayers and Meditations for Parish Nurses and Other Health Professionals (2005).