Is a Faith Community Health Ministry in Your Future?
The Faith Community Health Network (FCHN) supports a growing group of dedicated Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) bringing healthcare access to vulnerable and diverse populations in a non-traditional setting.

Resources & Information

Find resources and information to assist in the planning and development of health ministries and faith community nursing within communities of faith.

Non-profits, databases and referral platforms for those in need

211 Info is a resource for gathering and sharing information about non-profit organizations, community resources, and public services available in Oregon and southwest Washington.

ADRC has a database with private and public resources/services specializing in older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Community Services Consortium serves Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties. They provide tools and resources to help overcome poverty. They can provide assistance for rent, deposits, utilities, and emergency housing.

Connect Oregon is a referral platform for connecting people to the resources in their area. UniteUs is available at the local, state, and national level.

Crossroads Communities is a non-profit organization provides wrap-around services to the vulnerable populations.

Love INC of Linn County is part of a nationwide network of Love INC affiliates. Launched in 2009, they are comprised of 35 partner churches in Linn County and numerous Christians who are mobilized to see the love of Christ in action.

Family Assistance and Resource Center Group is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that serves people experiencing homelessness and housing instability in Linn County, Oregon.

Lifestyle Resources

This website, hosted by Oregon lifestyle physicians, has weekly classes, videos, and handouts that can be used in a variety of settings

End of Life Resources

It is important to make care preferences known, even now while still healthy. This site explains the difference between the Advance Directive which should be completed while individuals are still healthy and active, and the POLST (Portable Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form completed with the individual’s primary care provider (PCP). POLST site: There are several excellent video resources at this link; the video entitled “POLST: When is the right time?” is short and clearly communicates when each of these forms is appropriate.

There are some excellent resources at the National Institute on Aging site. Hospice offers welcome support at end of life, but it is not the only option, and it is not the only end of life challenge. Check out these resources to learn more.

Program development and management resources for FCNs and Health Ministers

Faith Community Nurses International (FCNI) is a membership association that represents the interests of faith community nurses by providing nursing education and practice resources – including the online, peer-reviewed International Journal of Faith Community Nurses (IJFCN) – to promote optimal health outcomes for the individuals and communities they serve. Our professional nurse members teach, manage, and practice faith community nursing, and are leaders in nursing education and research.

The Health Ministries Association (HMA) is a recognized professional membership association for health ministers, faith community nurses, clergy, chaplains, faculty, and program leaders who have developed and provided health ministries in diverse faith communities. HMA promotes education, research utilization, and evidence-based practice. They are the co-authors with the American Nurses Association of the ANA-HMA publication, Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd Edition. 2017. This organization is open to individuals of all disciplines who are interested in health ministry. They have many resources available to members.

The International Journal of Faith Community Nursing is an esteemed open-source peer-reviewed journal hosted by Western Kentucky University. Read articles to expand your faith community nursing knowledge and consider writing up your own practice experience and submitting it for publication to this respected journal by navigating to this link. We are thankful for Dr. Ziebarth’s patience and mentorship as we learn to navigate this publication process.

Marcy Shanks and Deb Fell-Carlson recently partnered with Deb Ziebarth to publish about the FCHN’s experience with their first grant. You can read that article, Faith Community Nursing Case Study: SHARE Grant Procurement during the COVID-19 Epidemic here.

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, or The Center, was formed to transform the health of communities through faith-rooted, collaborative action. They work to create health equity by building community, nurturing leaders and connecting with the unique spirit power of faith communities to promote social justice and abundant life for all. Check out their Resources and Toolkits!

The Health Ministries Network serves in the Bellingham, WA area and beyond to link faith community nurses, health ministers, congregations and local resources to nurture community health equity with spiritual well-being.

This Wellness Ministries Toolkit was created by UCC Wellness Ministries and is described on their website as a tool that is intended “to assist you in understanding the basis for Wellness Ministries and their role as we strive to care for all God’s children. It is meant to assist the process as your congregation develops its programs based on the resources and needs of its congregation and the community it serves.”

The Westberg Institute for faith community nursing has a wealth of information about the specialty practice of faith community nursing. As you visit the various information tabs, you will find information about the history of faith community nursing in the United states and around the world, educational offerings and events, resources for practice, and much more.