Parish Health and Wellness


“For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36


The Nebraska District supports parish health, and congregational/church worker wellness ministries. This is offered through:

– Resource Library at the District Office
– Guidance for starting a parish health ministry
Health information for your bulletins
– Ministry ideas to implement at your congregation
– Equipping and networking through workshops
LCMS Parish Nursing Directory

To start a new ministry or strengthen an existing one, contact the District Representative for Parish Nursing and Congregational Health Ministry at or 402-643-0664.

New Resource: Template for making calls to older adults and those with chronic health conditions during the COVID-19 outbreak

Parish Nurse Chris Blanke has produced a guide that can be used by congregations who are making calls to older adults and those with chronic health conditions. It is a step-by-step set of prompts and resources to offer special assistance to those in at-risk categories. A new version of that file is now available (6/15/2020) You can download that updated document by clicking on this link.


CaptureLCMS Health Ministry Offers Free Lecture Series

A new video lecture series for parish nurses is coming this year from LCMS Health Ministry. The first lecture — “Law and Gospel with Implications for Parish Nursing” — will be available March 1 at

During the free lecture, Dr. Brian German, assistant professor of Theology and director of the Concordia Bible Institute at Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., will help the parish nurse recognize the difference between Law and Gospel and apply them correctly in interactions with individuals and groups.

Other lectures in the series include:

April — “Addressing Mental Illness in the Church,” with Pat Doyle, president of Vision for Change;
June — “Theology of the Cross vs. Theology of Glory with Implications for Parish Nurses,” with the Rev. Dr. Leopoldo Sánchez, director of the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis;
July — “Surviving Loss,” with Hope Knight, parish-nurse representative for the LCMS Oklahoma District;
August — “Guilt and Forgiveness and the Effect on Health,” with the Rev. Dr. Mark Rockenbach, associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis;
October — “Care for the Aging,” with Cynthia Rutan, parish-nurse representative for the LCMS Northwest District; and
December — “Parish Nursing as a Vocation,” with the Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry, president of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., and Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich.

For more information about the video lectures — which are being produced throughout the year — email Tracy Quaethem, manager of LCMS Life and Health Ministries, at


Education Opportunities

The 27th Annual Conference for Parish Nursing/Congregational Health Ministries is scheduled for May 22 – 23, 2019, at Concordia University, Wisconsin. Please share the date with those in your congregation who serve in health ministry or are interested in using their gifts this way.

Click here to view or download the agenda and registration brochure.

Concordia University, Wisconsin Parish Nursing Courses
LCMS Health Ministry Portfolio Review

Portfolio Review is possible for persons who have completed a self-directed study with experience as a parish nurse but have not completed a formal educational program. Persons desiring a portfolio review must complete an application and interview prior to initiating the review process. Upon successful completion of the portfolio review, the parish nurse will receive a Certificate of Completion, a parish nurse pin and listing in the LCMS Directory of Parish Nurses.

Parish Nursing Video Curriculum
Parish Nurse Lecture Series Video Archive
Parish Nurse Resource Manual


Parish Health Ministry in the Nebraska District

10/27/17 Quarterly Call Notes

10/27/17 Ministry Sharing Notes

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