Parish Nurse Ministry
The Parish Nurse Ministry: Duties of the District Representative
- Principle function – Support and promote Christ-centered health and wellness of body, mind and spirit through congregational health ministry of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
- Principle responsibilities – Promote the parish nurse ministry, provide resources and consultation to pastors, congregations and nurses who desire a health ministry program and interface with district officials.
Qualifications to Be a Parish Nurse
- Registered Nurse in the state of Kansas
- A member of the congregation he/she is serving
- A person of spiritual maturity
- Ability to work as a team member with the pastor and other staff members
- Knowledge of how the congregation works
- Commitment to wellness of the whole person
- Management and supervisory skills
- Experience as an educator
If you do not have internet access and would like information, please contact Mary Hume, Parish Nurse District Representative.
- On the synodical level, go to www.lcms.org/health for information on the Congregational Health Ministry/Parish Nursing Manual, Health Fairs, and the Parish Nurse Newsletter by Karen Hardecopf and Marcy Schnorr.
- Bible studies and a devotion appear monthly at: www.LPNI.org.
Kansas Parish Nurse Newsletter
History of Parish Nursing in the Kansas District
|1993||First Parish Nurse program in Kansas. Connie Scheffer began a program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Salina.|
|1996||Connie Scheffer spoke at the LWML Spring Rallies, encouraging parish nursing programs in each congregation.|
|1997||District President Howard Patton appointed Connie Scheffer to develop a task force for the Kansas District, under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Caring Ministry. She also was the first District Representative for Kansas.|
|1998||The first meeting of the task force with Connie Scheffer, Marlene Kohlmeier of Ascension, Wichita, Gretchen Quenstedt–Moe of St Luke, Leavenworth, and Margaret Anschutz of Faith, Topeka.|
|1999||The task force met with interested nurses at Faith Lutheran Church in Topeka.|
|2003||A four-day intensive parish nurse workshop was held at Trinity, Salina, with 43 nurses from Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma attending. Carol Luders-Bolwerk, Professor in the Nursing Department at Concordia University Wisconsin and a leader in parish nursing, led the workshop.|
|2004||Connie Scheffer resigned as district representative due to family illness. Mary Hume assumed the position.|